Something new for Western Pennsylvania, in the way of exhibitions, was recently introduced at a fair held August 23, 24, 25, 1956.
Three large steam traction engines were shown and operated for the benefit of hundreds of spectators who attended the Tenth Annual Hookstown Grange Fair, Beaver County (Pa.)
This was an attempt by steam engine enthusiasts to, perhaps, initiate a custom which is quite common each year in several other states as well as eastern Pennsylvania.
Through the efforts of C. R. Fullerton, Burgettstown, Pa., and associates arrangements were made and an attractive three-day program of steam engine events was added to the regular fair program. While the results were small, as compared with similar events in other areas of the country, it is hoped that a satisfactory start has been made for bigger and better events in the future.
A fan, furnished by Mr. Fullerton. provided belt work for the engines and they demonstrated their drawbar power by easily pulling the weights used for steam and tractor-pulling contests. As a final feature, the engines were shown in a parade with modern tractors and equipment.
To add to the interest, several small stationary steam engines were operated from power provided by the large boilers.
Exhibitors of engines were: C. R. Fullerton with his 19-65 Port Huron; Dean Fullerton with his 16 Huber and your writer with his 50 Case.
The major part of the hauling of these engines was done through the courtesy of Patterson Construction Co., Monongahela, Pa., and Mr. Oscar Crow.
In closing, we hope you will hear more from us next year.