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A tribute to corn, the oldest grain grown on the western hemisphere, is being planned by the Clinton County Historical Society and the County Antique Power Club. The Corn Festival will have crafts, craftsmen, antique farm machinery, floral displays, exhibits of the importance of corn in our past, present and future. A variety of food items such as: corn-on-the-cob, parched corn, popcorn, corn flakes, cornmeal mush, cornbread, hominy, corn dog, corn fritters, corn candy, corn relish, corn chowder, succotash, tamales, tortillas, corn pudding, corn cob jelly, candy corn, cookies, cakes, kish corn, and many other items.

The corn industry is one of the largest industries in the United States and many interesting events are being planned for the Corn Festival, September 23 and 24, 1978 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, Wilmington, Ohio.

A contest is being conducted to locate the tallest stalk of corn in the United States. A grand prize of $10.00 a foot is to be awarded to the champion stalk entered. There will also be first, second, and third cash prizes to both Clinton County residents and those entries outside Clinton County.

People interested in displaying crafts, corn items, or entering the corn growing contest, may write for details to: CORN FESTIVAL, P.O. Box 606, Wilmington, Ohio 45177.


The Northern Indiana Historical Power Association held its first annual show Labor Day weekend at the Porter County Fairgrounds, Valparaiso, Indiana, September 3, 4, 5, 1977. We had a very successful show, even with lack of time for planning and the first attempt of a new Club to put on a show. On display and working, we had seven traction engines, many gas tractors and a large display of stationary gas engines plus the usual threshing machines, balers, Baker Fans, sawmill etc. The weatherman did not cooperate too well, we had one day of rain and a half day of fog and drizzle. We had a large attendance and favorable comments.

We hope to see you all again this Labor Day weekend September 2, 3, 4, 1978, at the Porter County Fairgrounds, Valparaiso, Indiana for a bigger and better show.

For information write to: Mrs. Annie Thorpe, 803 Spring Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360.


by Melba Toole, Route 4, Cadiz, Ohio 43907

On June 2, 3, and 4, 1978, my husband, Lester and I attended the show at the Poor Farmers Campsite at Fletcher, Ohio.

Gas engines, steam engines, old tractors and antique cars were on display. There were flea markets and crafts for sale.

The campsite is off the main highway and is ideal. A creek divides the large camping area.

On Saturday, June 3, Ray Covault showed slides of several different steam shows he had attended in Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.

On Sunday church services were held at the Poor Farmers Campsite Chapel. It is an open chapel, a small shelter with a cross in back and a pulput. It is built under sycamore trees. The congregation sat on lawn chairs in the open.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Springer are the owners of the Poor Farmers Campsite. They have a game reserve on the grounds, where deer and pheasants can be seen.

They have a show to do their threshing during the last part of September, and it is a beautiful place to be to get out in the open, enjoy nature and enjoy your friends.