1986 STUMP TOWN SHOW REPORT

Earl Hamilton's 1/4 scale Case

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Route 1, Box 332 Aden, Ohio 43901

Earl Hamilton's 1/4 scale Case in the foreground; Bill Reese's 1/2 scale Case in the center, and Jared Crowe's Keck Gonnerman in the background.

On a beautiful autumn day, the Stump town Threshers opened their 1986 reunion with the National anthem, the raising of 'Old Glory' by the Cadiz Boy Scouts and prayer by Lester Nab. Following the opening ceremonies, threshing, sawing, baling, corn meal grinding and other activities got underway. The noon whistles signaled a break for dinner.

At 12:45, the Ladies Auxiliary crowned Mary Young Thresher man Queen, and Francis Young, Thresher man of the Year. They took their 'royal' ride in back of Ralph Jones' Model T truck.

Antique and l/2 scale steam engines participated in the slow engine race and block race at 1:00 p.m. Bill Arnold took first place in both races with his 1/2 scale Goat. Joe Harrison once again won the slow engine race in the antique class and Clyde Sell took first place in the block race. The usual threshing activities continued after the races until 3:30 when the Young Farmers & Wives Kiddies Toy Tractor Pull Club held their contest. Winners in their respective weight classes were Lunn Basia, John Schultz, Aaron Trushell, Matt Miller and Bob , Chaney.

The Old-Time Fiddlers contest began at 7:00 p.m. with 8 contestants over 60 and 3 under 60. First place winner was Clarence Miller, second place winner was Dean Westfall and third place winner was Carrie Dillon in the under 60 class. In the 60 and older class, Jim Eddy took first, Bill Burris took second and Don Wilson took third. Bill Burris played a few fiddling tunes and Earl White hill played several tunes on his dulcimer. The Foster Lucas Band had entertained the campers on Friday night.

Sunday's show opened with church services led by Marion Rogers and a father-daughter singing group followed by the usual threshing and sawing activities until the noon whistles.

Antique tractors started lining up for the wagon-backing contest at 1:00 with Ed and Mark Lyle being the winners. After the wagon backing contest, threshing, baling, sawing, corn meal grinding continued until the parade at 4:00. Prior to the parade, the Ladies Auxiliary held a quilt drawing with Max Griswold winning the quilt, Don Ranks winning the pillow cases and Jim Sloan winning the pillow. The club also conducted a drawing on a wooden model steam engine made by Daryl

Murphy which was won by Paul Omdrick. A model covered bridge built by Frank Stevens was won by Mickey MacDonald. The membership drawing was won by Dick Firth and Mickey MacDonald.

This year's show featured antique engines, two portables, three 1/2 scale, one 1/4 scale, 18 small steam engines and model steam engines, 63 antique farm tractors, 302 gas engines, 23 antique cars and trucks, plus sawmill, power eater generator, threshers, balers and other related farm equipment. Good food was served by the New Athens Fire Department Auxiliary and the Weirton Lions Club. Mickey MacDonald was the announcer assisted by his daughter.

The club's officers and directors wish to thank the exhibitors and spectators who came to the show. Special thanks to the exhibitors who move in their equipment, to Consol Coal for the grounds and to all who helped make the show a success. Next year's show will be September 12 and 13, 1987.