1997 Boone Crank-Up

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3841 Highway 421 S. Boone, North Carolina 28607

The 18th annual High Country Crank-Up was once again the biggest and best ever. We had such a good time! Our club certainly works hard to put on their show. They think that it is important to make people feel welcome and at home. We want people to be able to relax, enjoy the show and the beautiful surroundings. Our show strives to honor the past while participating in the future. Rev. Richard Holshouser pointed this out to us so well during our Sunday morning worship service at last year's show. He said, 'The engine show is just an excuse for owners to get together for a reunion; they sit and visit while they listen to their engines run.'

This past year, in addition to the usual exhibits, we had Kenneth Gochenour, a local park ranger from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Gochenour performed rail-splitting demonstrations on Friday and Saturday. Then he formed the rails into an actual split-rail fence. He explained to us that he learned how to do this in the Sixties.

At the end of the demonstration, my niece took most of the rails home with her. She sent me a letter sometime later saying how difficult it was to get them arranged!

The tractor parade has proven to be a 'hot event.' This year the tractors were joined by the Foothills Antique Car Club of Hickory, North Carolina, plus several local classic cars and trucks.

Though a flash flood watch and Hurricane Danny were real threats the week of our show, instead, the weather turned out to be sunny and hot. We did have a little liquid sunshine on Sunday, but it did not seem to dampen anyone's spirits. My husband, John, enjoys telling everyone that we put on a 'clean show.' It usually rains sometime during the show and washes everything!