East Lycoming Farm & Heritage Association

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PO Box 223 Hughesville, Pennsylvania 17737

The East Lycoming Farm and Heritage Association Show held August 25-27, 1995, at the Hughesville Fairgrounds, was a success. It featured the 'Lumber Era' made famous by Lycoming County, which celebrated its bicentennial this year.

Working demonstrations were band saws, saw mills, chain saw artists and a shingle mill. Shingles were stamped with the name and date of the show, and are destined to become collector's items. They were also nailed to a roof on site. A dismantled pin and mortise building showed the old way of construction without the use of nails. Four 40 foot Douglas fir trees were planted on the infield. Forestry students from Williamsport Penn College of Technology cut and debarked the trees. Three horses teams dragged the logs to the mills for processing like in the old days. There was a contest held to find the best depiction of Mr. Lumber 'Jack' scarecrow.

The show was dedicated to a charter member, the late David Wod rig, who died in a lumbering accident in 1993 at age 36. His family brought his large collection of classic cars, antique John Deere tractors and memorabilia from his life, including many awards in woodsmen contests.

New this year was a vintage fashion show highlighting wedding gowns. The oldest gown displayed was 1910.

New displays included spark plugs, locks and license plate collections, lantern collection, a real barbershop complete with a live barbershop quartet, and a Victorian music room with live dulcimer music. Old time crafts were quilting, chair caning, candle dipping, cooking and a 'sheep-to-shawl' contest. Over 150 photos of early ancestors and landmarks of our local area were shown. There was even a lawn tractor square dance.

The Sunday morning worship service speaker arrived on horseback clad in costume depicting the 'Circuit Riding Preacher' of early times. The offering of $302 was donated to our local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Annual events that are always crowd pleasers were hit & miss engines and the machines they operate; over 240 tractors displayed with 204 tractor pullers attending; antique machinery demonstrations, kids' games and pedal pulls, flea market and good food.

Our next show, August 23-25, 1996, will feature Allis- Chalmers. Hope to see you there!