SHOW REPORT Cheraw, S.C.

ANTIQUE ACRES APRIL 16 - 17 -18, 1971

A lot of people

Robert Rogers

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Dear Fans and Fellow Members:

We wish to extend greetings and express gratitude for the many courtesies extended us when we exhibited at your home state shows; and to the one hundred ninety six (196) exhibitors, helpers and honored show officials for their contributions to, and being a part of Cheraws second Annual show; and to the thousands of spectators for their most gratifying compliments.

Margaret & Robert Rogers, Antique Acres, Cheraw, S. C.

Exhibitors, button-wearers, skimmer-wearers, etc. from 21 states and Canada shook up the 5,700 residents of this little town in April, 1970.

In April, 1971, you enlarged your numbers about tenfold, you came from 26 states and Canada, and you shook up patrons of several multi-state TV networks, radio stations, and the press from the two Carolinas.

These patrons had missed the show and clamored for views, so three weeks following the show, fifty per cent of each Farm and Home TV program consisted of scenes from the antics of Antique Acres.

Nearly every TV news hour had three to five minute spots.

Cameramen, programmers, splicers, writers, etc. will arrive Oct. 24 to begin putting together TV programs that will precede, rather than follow, the '72 show scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 7, 8, and 9.

Two weeks prior to the '72 show, approximately 30 top newspaper writers and photographers, along with a number of  TV newsmen and cameramen, are converging here to receive a good feed, pictures and material. Instead of covering Dixie with dew, they plan to cover it with pictures and write-ups of exhibitors and their engines.

This petite lady amazes me. She operates her own traction engine at the Mamouth Milton Show. The morning after the Steam-era show I returned to the grounds for a few snapshots. She and Mrs. Sherwood Hume of Milton, Ontario, Canada were supervising the loading of the big machinery. I suspect that had the author known Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Hume he could never have imagined the words for the song, 'How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm?' (Antique Acres show report tells about Dennis. Picture by Dayton Nichols, Stafford, N. Y.

Courtesy of Robert Rogers, Antique Acres, Cheraw, South Carolina 29520.

Bill Strayer of Diilsburg, Pa. tells some first timers what a steam show is all about. The enlarged camper area for 72 has hot showers, City water and sewage, electricity and afternoon shade. Camperites light a bonfire at night and show movies and slides of their home state shows.

We plan to roll out the Red Red Carpet for exhibitors April 7-8-9-72. Many extras including a nighttime roast oyster, chicken bog, and charcoal fire for special orders. Photo by Martin Peterson, St. Cloud, Fla. Courtesy of Robert Rogers, Antique Acres, Cheraw, S. C. 29520.

Modelists, Regalia wearers, and skimmer topped registrants from 26 states and Canada really amazed Carolinians. Never before had they seen or heard of the various models and engines. As a result of exhibitors showings, we will be televised over nine states preceeding the next Steam-up. Robert Roberts Jr. of Easten, Md. is the proud exhibitor of the steam powered ferris wheel. Robert's home show is Eastern Shore, Federalsburg, Md. I cannot identify the owners of other models. We have tripled the size of our model area and the TV people plan on remaining three full days, so please return with your models and regalia April7-8-9-72. Photo by Martin Peterson, St. Cloud, Fla. Courtesy of Robert Rogers, Antique Acres, Cheraw, S. C. 29520.

Is a remote controlled Traction seems
to have strayed afar,so far that
neither Bus Longrod of Albion, New
York nor James Riley of Rising Sun,
Maryland recorded or identified the
engines exhibitor. Owner, please advise
me your name and please bring it back to
Cheraw next April 7-8-9. Photo by Martin
Peterson, St. Cloude, Florida.

Is our third and final Stanley Steamer
arriving just before '71 show. We
need 'Tenders' to demonstrate and
explain them at the Third Annual
Steam-up in April 7-8-9 of 1972.
Courtesy of Robert Rogers, Antique
Acres, Cheraw, South Carolina 29520.

Now see what you exhibitors with your engines, humor, badges, plaques, skimmers, fellowship and antics have gone and done.

This Rebel's pre-show apprehension, indecision, etc. began fading Wednesday before Friday's opening when Dick Spink of Buffalo and Dayton Nichols of Stafford, N. Y. arrived and stated that they, together with Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Webb of Beamsville, Ontario, Canada, would rotate on the mike and keep things moving.

Then Bus Long rod of Albion, N. Y. and Jim Riley of Rising Sun, Maryland, arrived and assumed responsibility for the model and gas areas.

Archie Cline, Bobby Miller, Arnold Broadway and others from N. C., together with Ken Mattis from Ohio arrived and fired the traction and stationary boilers.

Exhibitors having over 200 models and 57 gas engines arrived from twenty-six states and makeshift they did. Never before have I seen so many self-sufficient people work together. We had stockpiled sawhorses and ply boards so modelers quickly set up table extensions. Right there was proof that this fellow should see only a few other shows this year. Stay home and prepare for 1972 was the dictate of the day.

Three days of 72 degree bright sunshine was heavenly to those who left four feet of snow sixteen hours earlier.

Attendance exceed five thousand this year compared to two thousand at our first annual in 1970. We expect ten to fifteen thousand in '72.

One of Margaret's yardmen overlooked burning a pile of logs in the camper area and at first dark someone lit it. A crowd soon gathered and Dayton Nichols, Bus Long rod and others showed movies and slides. The bonfire group increased in numbers each night as those staying at motels returned for the activities. The bonfires or something brought out the poetry in A.L. Spencer of Corning, N. Y. This is just one of the many cases where exhibitors converted our omissions into fun for everyone.

Another blunder is evolving into a natural. The Booster Club erroneously erected their big food tent in a manner that nearly shut off the view of the blacksmith shop. The blacksmith is now located between Gold Rush Junction and Mule Town. It is hoped that if R. O. Angle of Rocky Mount, Va., Louis Gillinger of Martinsburg, W. Va., or Sam Osborne of New Oxford, Pa. are not familiar with blacksmithing gold mine equipment, that they will return with someone who is. They shod mules that powered our sweep. Mule owners down here are still talking about 'de three genelmens dat shoes.'

Jimmy Thomas of Cheraw is relocating his tracks and will hereafter run his steam train across the dam, from Central R.R. Station to Gold Rush Junction, a new railroad station so named because of its proximity to the Gold Stamp Mill, where young and old can pan for gold.

Creek water heretofore wasting through the gorge is diverted through sluices whereby ladies can pan for rubies. A tumbler polishes the stones. This means operators are needed, so send us names and addresses of rock hounds, far and near.

The old saying that 'One man's meat is another man's poison,' has a lot of merit when it comes to traction engines. Flue trouble in the 50-HP Peerless must have pleased one man. Seconds after the boiler cooled, he was inside. He went in spotlessly clean and suave, but came out drooping and made a perfect imitation of Al Jolson. After church services Sunday morning, Margaret (Mrs. Rogers) asked him how he got so clean so quick. He held his ear lobe back and proudly exhibited a discolored spot purposely left there. Yep, you guessed him: Dennis Webb of Beamsville, Ontario, Canada.

Exhibitor signs on these side by side models hatched an idea. Hereafter our Big Typewriter (Headliner) will custom make exhibitors signs that will have about four lines. The two top lines will emphasize the name and address of exhibitor, whereby camera shots will identify.

For example: George & Marge Mathews, Lakewood, N. J. will be the top two lines and will have the same size lettering as Antique Acres, Cheraw, S. C. which will be the bottom line. Thanks Ed, bring another good idea along with this engine next April 7-8-9. Courtesy of Robert Rogers, Antique Acres, Cheraw, South Carolina 29520.

Refueling this boiler was a major attraction and a large crowd gathered. Very few had ever seen a boiler. When members of the younger generation asked what they were doing, one old 'funner' said, 'intestine transplant.' They did not question the transplant, but they could not understand why the surgeons did not wear white uniforms.

After returning North, five exhibitors mailed pictures snapped here of themselves in shirtsleeves, along with pictures of their homes, or sections of their homes, where snow hid the sections from the windows downward and eaves upward.

Nearly every modeler preferred air to steam. After a brief delay, a larger compressor arrived. Milo Powers was evidently in charge of air at Alexander this year and taught everyone some do's and don'ts. Well, Instructor Powers, after returning to Cheraw, two air compressors were belted to two steam engines and two boilers covered by two sheds. That gas engine you wrestled for hours in the N. Y. rain was convincing. Our model area is now three times as large as when everyone elbowed for space last April. How about it, Milo, you take charge of air here next April?

Mrs. Elmer Shaefer was smiling as she returned to Yoe, having had a successful sale on subscriptions, books, etc. This little lady intrigues me and I often ponder the name of the physiology she uses that works so perfectly. At one of the shows up North her table disappeared before she used it. That little lady raised heck on top of heck. Have you ever trot lined all night for catfish way deep into Hell Hole Swamp, Berkley County, South Carolina during alligator mating season? Right then this Rebel decided that never would Mrs. Shaefer's table disappear if she ever exhibited in Cheraw. As good luck would have it, Mrs. Shaefer, Elmer, Mrs. Ritzman from Enola and the Dave Egans from Mechanicsburg, arrived and asked for a table. After Mrs. Shaefer approved table size and location, a pick handle was given my best 'order follower' and he was told not to let anyone near that table until that little lady returned with supplies and took possession. The effect of Mrs. Shaefer's remarks up North reminded me of a story I tell about a child-bragging sister. When sis enrolled her child in school she told the teacher that her child learned fast, was well behaved, would give no trouble, and that the child was not to be spanked. The teacher asked her what she was supposed to do just in case the child did misbehave. Sis said, 'just in case she does, slap the child next to her and that her child would catch on and discontinue doing wrong.' Mrs. Shaefer sure as heck mowed down enough people for the guilty table-snatcher to get the message. At any rate, I caught on, and nobody got slapped. Now, Mrs. Shaefer, don't get mad; Margaret and I think you are the greatest.

While this story was being told to the group, a messenger stated that the tital 10-20 was running unattended and that it was knocking. Sherwood Hume from Milton, Canada, volunteered to fix it. He returned shortly and one of the 'funners' asked him if he 'wrenched it, sistorized it, or Shaeferized it, i.e., did it correct itself after he threatened it, or did he have to slap the surrounding engines?' We have 30 or 40 unrestored engines that need to be wrenched with loving care, sistorized or Shaeferized. 'Come wrench some. Come Shaeferize some.'

Margaret is proud of her gardening accomplishment as a result of praises from exhibitors' wives and especially proud of a front page color photograph on a Philadelphia Sunday paper, accompanied by an article entitled 'Flower Power Down In Dixie.' I told her that Dan Roberts of Candor, N. Y., Ken Dennis of Florida and Dick Spink of Buffalo, wanted landscaped camper spaces with their names permanently mounted on them. She readily agreed when I told her that Don and Ken would take charge of camper reservations, registrations, needs, etc. A few tears appeared when I told her that we may have to move about 30 of her 30-year-old azaleas, camellias, etc. to make room for more campers. Her problem is that she has 'Mo-'n-Mo-itus,' i.e., she wants Mo-'n-Mo campers and Mo-'n-Mo flowers but cannot get Mo-'n-Mo land. She likes steam and exhibits models that include an overhead crank and a walking beam. She wants camper exhibitors and has had me busy running water and electric lines to newly landscaped camper areas. More exhibitors are bringing campers in '72. They liked the 72-degree weather, hot showers, shade trees, stream, water falls, water wheels, etc.

Many would-be members are not; the membership register was frequently blocked by numerous bucks crowding around the four young ladies in charge. How we blundered through and registered 222 family memberships, goodness knows. 1970 family memberships totaled eighty-six. Why don't some of you wives get together on a rotation basis and 'come register some?' What say, Irene ... Dot?

Two-horse wagons, one-horse wagons, buggies, sleighs, huckster wagons, hay rakes, spray machines, and nearly everything that has wheels have been modified and equipped to replace two large tents and their fixed tables. Stainless steel steam tables from which meals will be served buffet style have replaced conventional beds on two wagons.

Equipment for preparing and serving French fries, hots, burgers, barbecue (hot and not hot) are mounted on individual wagons spotted throughout the area. The ice cream set-up is on a two-horse sled.

Wide table-high flats have replaced conventional wagon beds. These mobile tables can be used by flea markets, for eating, and general use.

Each of the twenty wagons has its own overhanging roof, some of which are of the covered wagon species. Stainless steel is used wherever food is present. About ten new rides will supplement the steam traction and steam train rides. Our working equipment, etc. have more than doubled. About 181 operators, etc. are needed to keep them going.

We anticipate from 10 to 20 thousand attendance in 1972, for the simple reason following the show. People phoned and came for the '72 show dates. Our direct mailing list exceeds 6,000 and will be read by about 20,000.

Those exhibitors wearing our buttons and ribbons, and more especially, their home state ribbons on their shirts and camps, really woke up the merchants up town in Cheraw. The Chamber of Commerce and Merchants' Association is expressing appreciation next year with free rides and tours for the ladies. There will be many exciting going on all over the town during the '72 show days, including home tours, classic auto show, art displays, etc. Please wear your insignias, etc. when you sightsee and shop. On behalf of the City Council and the citizens of Cheraw, Honorable Miller Ingram, Mayor of Cheraw, wrote a thank-you for coming and please come back letter to every registered exhibitor, worker and show official.

Certain areas, camper spaces, 'things,' etc. will be named after exhibitors. For example:

'Sage City' is an area recognizing D. C. Sage, Bradford, Pa., who gave us an early day oil well pump that we activate with a water wheel.

'Spinks Spot' is the name of Dick Spinks permanent camper space. Dick is from Buffalo, and was head M. C. in 1971.

'Strayers Strut' is for Bill Strayer, Dillsboro, Pa. For some reason, unknown at present, 'something should be named 'Strayer Strut.'' Bill was not an exhibitor in the true sense. So far as we know, he just strutted around, talked, and soaked up sunshine for a few days. A lot of curious Carolinians who had not heretofore heard of a steam-up, after talking to Bill, went home better enlightened (experts) on steam-ups and as a result of this enlightenment, every exhibitor, be they for steam, gas, flea or what not, all will be appreciated more. So instead of saying 'Come tend some,' to Bill, I say, 'Come strut some.'

 EXHIBITOR HONOR ROLL

The Exhibitor Honor Roll section of our Bulletin Board provides headings for Canada and fifty states. Exhibitors' names and addresses embossed on metal, are permanently mounted thereon. Help, everybody, let me know of omissions.

The Honor Roll is being published in two parts in an advertisement in this trade magazine. The first part hopefully appears in this issue.

This Honor Roll begins in 1970 with D. C. Sage, our first exhibitor, and will be kept current. We define exhibitors as individuals who operate their own equipment or our equipment, workers and participants in a broad sense. All are considered our ambassadors, and they are leaders in their home state associations as well as this one. Most of them have pictures, slides or movies. Please contact them or write us. They will 'Tell it like it is.'

The best to all and, 'Come tend Some.' McKee of Waverly, Iowa did an abundant business.

And so we come to the aftermath of the storm. As I walked outside the morning of Sept. 5, the almost complete stillness was quite a shock after the noise and excitement of the past four days. I felt a twinge of sadness as I looked around at the few campers that were left and the rows of machinery now standing motionless. It had truly been a good show and certainly my most enjoyable, but it was over for another year and only the calm after the big storm remained.

Of course, there were a few bursts of activity in the following month with machinery to be put away and things wound up to get the Acres settled in for the winter months. But they now took on their individual sounds as perhaps one day you'd hear only the hum of the saw mill and the next a lone tractor plowing in the fields.

But there's always next year and already plans are being made. One of the major decisions, to yet be voted on, is a possible change in our show dates. As soon as this is decided, the dates will be made available to this magazine. There will also be an election of officers.

The show of 1971 covered at least five acres of ground and at each new showing more room seems to be required. Many of the members are still looking for Antique pieces and some have them and are still in the process of being restored. Among the new items coming up for the '72 show are a 60 HP Case Steamer, recently purchased from the Scheafer family by Mr. Scharine and Son, to be completely restored; plowing, in competition with the Smolik engines, with a 15-30 Townsend oil tractor that looks like a steam engine, but ain't, owned by A. J. Fischels and John Sundermeyer; also, a Minneapolis 35-70 owned by John Sundermeyer. This tractor mentioned in last year's show report is still in the process of being restored by John and Mr. Harold Pries. By just looking at it, it would seem that very little has been done. But behind the scenes where you can not see, they have accomplished quite a lot. Such as, blocks being rebored, dry walls being pushed in and bored, pistons machined to fit all new valves for it, and parts gathered for it from wherever they could be obtained. This tractor may not be completely finished for the 1972 show, but will at least be running.

bored, pistons machined to fit all new valves for it, and parts gathered for it from wherever they could be obtained. This tractor may not be completely finished for the 1972 show, but will at least be running.

The officers and members of Antique Acres seem to be big thinkers and are always looking to the future, so one never really knows what one might see at the 1972 show. But trust us to give you the best possible show. We may be the second largest show in Iowa, but we try harder!!