R.R. 3, Boonville, Missouri 65233
The MRVSEA held their 15 annual show at the Youth Fairgrounds along 1-70 at Boonville, Missouri the 8, 9, 10 of September 1978. Our show is always held the weekend after Labor Day.
The exhibits consisted of seven large steam engines, two Keck Gonnermans, one Peerless, two Jumbos, one double cylinder Reeves, and one Minneapolis.
Threshing is done with a 1938 McCormick Deering separator. Other activities that involve the steam engines are the proxy brake for the horsepower test, a steam engine race, lumber sawing, the baker fans, and rock crushing. There is never a moment when a steam engine cannot be found doing one thing or another. Along with the large steam engines is a large collection of scale model steam engines of all makes.
There is a large display of gas engines, the largest of which is a 75 HP St. Mary's diesel that came from Eureka, Missouri where it was used to make ice. Built in the 1920s it has a 14' bore, 20' stroke and weighs 26,000 pounds. The cap off of the connecting rod weighs 84 pounds. This is an engine everyone should see. There are around 300 gas engines on display, many of which come from neighboring states.
Our show also has a large display of horse drawn machinery and antique tractor machinery. Other displays consist of antique hand tools, spark plug collection, barb wire collections and license plate collections. One interesting display is of furniture made of old farm implements. There is also a display of antique clocks and various antiques.
Do not leave our show empty handed! Apple cider is sold by the cup and the gallon. There is also molasses made before your eyes and plenty of apple butter for everyone. A few local gardeners sell melons by the truck load.
Our show is fashioned for the whole family. For the kids there is a miniature train. Rides on the train are only 10 and well worth ittwo rounds which is approximately equal to a mile. For the women there is rug making, wool spinning, macram, and picture painting. There are several ladies who bring handicrafts which they make and sell. One lady sells magazine subscriptions to this and several magazines.
Our show had two snow cone stands and the local PTA takes care of our large concession stand. Also a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus serves barbequed pork, beef, and chicken dinners Saturday and Sunday. Last year our show got to use some new facilities installed on the grounds. The new restrooms have showers for people who stay on the grounds and we also have a 62 x 70 closed-in show building. If you have an exhibit and would like to show it at our show, write to me and I'll reserve you a place. If you have things to sell, write to me and I'll tell you the terms and reserve you a place.
There is a display of old cars and trucks. There is also a large number of antique motorcycles. There is a daily parade of tractors, cars, trucks, and engines. After the parade on Sunday there is an antique auction. Last year the biggest piece of equipment sold was a 25 HP Bauer gas engine. There is one blacksmith on duty all the time. Church services are held at 9:00 A.M. Sunday on the grounds.
You can camp on the grounds and all exhibitors are invited. Last year the weather was beautiful. We would like to thank everyone who brings exhibits to our show and we hope to see you again. The visitors and the exhibitors made our show a success.
Plans are already underway for next year's show. Next year to our schedule of events we added an antique tractor pull. Next year we will miss two exhibitors, Elze Meckley of Paris, Missouri and Robert Little of North Kansas City, Missouri. Both brought large collections of gas engines.