Annual steam and gas show

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Route 1, Box 122, Bunker Hill, West Virginia 25413.

The Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association held its seventeenth annual steam and gas show on July 29, 30 and 31, 1977 at the Clarke County Ruritan Club Grounds on Route 7, one mile west of Berryville, Virginia. The weatherman sided with us again this year bringing three beautiful sunny days. The crowds were the largest in the history of the club, as were the number of exhibitors, totaling nearly three hundred with over 400 exhibits.

The flea market areas were the largest ever expanding to around 75 booths.

The steam engine display consisted of Frick, Peerless, Russell, and Case. We had four engines with us for the first time this year a Frick owned by Sidney Ridnour of Smithsburg, Maryland; a Peerless owned by Harvey McIntyre of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania; a Case belonging to Tom Gingell of Emittsburg, Maryland; and a Peerless owned by Chris Sell of Duncansville, Pennsylvania. We'll be looking for them again next year.

Ernest Cornett's Frick portable powered the sawmill this year. The other engines took their rounds with the thresher and rock crusher.

Our tractor display consisted of Massey-Harris, Farmall, Fordson, Case, John Deere, Quincey, Waterloo Boy, Oil Pull, Oliver, International, and McCormick-Deering, along with many others.

Gas engines totaled around 300 with the makes too numerous to begin to mention.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schaefer were there with the subscriptions to the magazines along with steam and gas related books.

The helicopter was there again this year to take spectators for rides. The steam calliope was there on Sunday. A new addition to the show was a band organ owned by Richard Irwin of McLean, Virginia which was there for Saturday and Sunday.

In closing I would like to thank our president, Ed Sine; Calvin Ritter, vice-president; Wayne Godlove, treasurer; along with the Board of Directors, Eddie Hornbaker, Robert DeBoskey, Jim Lupton, Leslie Good, Ralph Lewin, Paul Giles, Earl Rohrer, Elmer Schaefer, and Ray Godlove for their hours of planning and work. In addition, a thank you goes to the members, exhibitors, workers, and spectators for making the show a success.

Put us on your calendar for the weekend of July 28, 29 and 30,1978 for our eighteenth annual show. Take care.