1982 STUMPTOWN STEAM THRESHERS SHOW REPORT

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Secretary Rte. 2, Box 332, Adena, Ohio 43901

The good Lord again smiled on the Stumptown Gang! Beautiful weather prevailed both days for our 20th annual reunion. A large crowd was on hand for both days.

Saturday morning got off to a good start at 9:00 a.m. with prayer led by one of our members, Lester Nabb, followed by sawing, threshing, shingle making, corn meal grinding, etc. The steam table was full of small steam engines and models. Ray Covault and Gary Arnold showed their 1/4-scale engines and equipment. Gas Engine Alley featured around 300 gas engines doing their 'thing'. Several antique cars and trucks arrived to bolster our show.

The tractor count was 57 tractors, with the 'Green Line' being the most numerous. This year we were fortunate to have two model railroads, a 15-gauge Cli-Shay locomotive on its own track and a 15-gauge Cagney running on an oval track taking children for a steam ride.

At noon, all the whistles signalled that it was time to eat at our two eating stands where corn bread and beans were a favorite.

The antique and 1/2-scale model slow engine race began at 1:00 p.m. Joe Harrison won again on his grandfather's 20 HP Russell in the antique division and Bill Arnold won in the 1/2-scale class. The block race followed with Earl Hamilton taking the 1/2-scale class and Glenn Krofft winning the antique class.

At 2:30 the Ladies Auxiliary announced that Mrs. Melba Toole had been chosen the 'Thresherman's Queen' and her husband, Lester Toole, was named 'Thresherman of the Year.' They took their 'royal' ride on a 1922 Model T truck owned and chauffeured by Ralph Jones of Woodsfield. Saturday's grand parade was led by our Queen and Thresherman of the Year. All steamers, tractors, and antique cars and trucks were entered.

Immediately following the parade, the Mail Pouch tobacco representative started passing out samples for the tobacco spitting contest. Fourteen contestants took their turn at the 'shooting line'. James White of our neighboring state of West Virginia took first place by spitting 18 feet 9 inches. Two ladies from Carrollton were among the contestants.

At 7:00 p.m., the gas tractor boys signed up for the wagon backing contest. Mark Lyle of Flushing won in the 'wide front end' class and John Miller of Clinton, Pennsylvania took the tricycle category. Mark Lyle's father, Dick, a former Ohio State wagon-backing champion, gave a demonstration and completed the course in 22 seconds.

The 'Old Time Fiddle Contest' began at 8:00 p.m. Fourteen fiddlers signed up for this event. In the 60 years and older category, Jim Ady of Woodsfield took first place; Floyd Warren of Cortland, Ohio took second; and Carl McConaughy of Barnesville, Ohio took third. In the under 60 class, Vera Fluharty of Follansbee, West Virginia was the first place winner; Dorman and John Jefferies of Toronto, Ohio, a father and son combination, took second and third place. While waiting for the winners to be announced, Carl Porter entertained on his harmonica. A blue grass group completed Saturday's activities.

Sunday's show got started with church services led by Marion Rogers and a gospel singing group after which all regular activities got under way. At 1:00 p.m. the slow engine race and block race were held. Henry Niemiec was the slow engine champion in the antique category and Criss Arnold was the 1/2-scale winner. The block race in the antique class was won by Mel Young and Criss Arnold won the trophy for the 1/2-scale engine. At 2:30 the Ladies Auxiliary held the drawing for the quilt that they had made. The winner was Susy Worrell of Cadiz, Ohio. The parade was the 'Grand Finale' of the show.

The officers and directors wish to thank our emcee Mickey MacDonald, our exhibitors, the flea market operators, the Ladies Auxiliary, Consol Coal Co., Bannock Coal Co., the New Athens Volunteer Fire Dept. and Auxiliary, our members and anyone else who helped make the show a success. And last, but not least, we thank the spectators who by paying admission help pay the bills.

See you next year on Saturday and Sunday after Labor Day, September 10th and 11th, 1983..