The Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association's 7th Annual Show started August 3, 1978 with participating steam and gas enthusiasts from all over. The show was held on the Bluffton Village Farm in Bluffton, Ohio, which is flanked by Interstate 75. It drew many motorists who were intriged by the huffing and puffing of antique steam engines working on the show grounds and by gas tractors and engines of all sizes and shapes. The show started on Thursday with tractor and engine sawing; threshing, Baker Fans running, smaller engines running and operating light plants, pumps, and many other operations. The antique sale was at 5:00 P.M., and drew a large crowd.
Friday, all engines, steam and gas were operating in full bore. In the afternoon the antique tractor pull, with all kinds of tractors pulling the sled as far as possible, had the climbing hill packed with spectators cheering on their favorite tractor and driver. In the evening the Alpenlanders Bavarian Band was heading a polka dance which was enjoyed very much.
Saturday was a big day with giant flea markets around the grounds; live demonstrations in the craft tent, antique machinery and engines in operation. In the morning there were pony team pulls. Later in the afternoon there were slow races for antique steam engines and tractors, followed by a belt up race. The Black Swamp and Shawnee Long Rifles Clubs put on a shooting demonstration with muzzle loaders. They were dressed in the costumes of that era.
Later, Gary Kirtlary Sky Divers dropped in on us and were greeted well by the crowd.
Ted Yoder made apple butter with steam as he has done in past years.
Saturday afternoon and evening the Dave Morgan Band entertained in the large open tent. The show goers enjoyed them while resting from walking and trying to get around to see all the activities.
Sunday started with church services with the Gospel Crusaders from Bern, Indiana. They have held the services for many years.
After church the engines started with activities going full blast.
The parade of steam engine and gas tractors began at 4:00 P.M. and closed the show here at Bluffton.
We appreciate all who helped to make this show a large success.
The 1979 show will be August 2, 3, 4 and 5th at Bluffton, Ohio. Come and join the fun!