Rt. 1, Otsego, Michigan
I hope its not too late for the 1965 show reports, or too early for the 66 announcements for I shall attempt to combine the two. (Combine is a dirty word, should have said 'thrash'.) I'm sorry.
We wish to announce that The Michigan Live Steam Club, The Early Day Gas Engine, and Tractor Club, (of Constantine Mich.) and The Antique Auto Club. (Coldwater Michigan), will again consolidate efforts to produce the second Historical Steam, Gas, and Antique Auto show to be held July 15, 16, and 17, 1966, at the 4H Fair Grounds in Cold-water, Mich. It is our ambition to elminate errors of by-gone years, thus establishing a show and reunion that will become an annual occurance.
The work and planning of the Show Officers was largely responsible for our first successful efforts. Of course credit is due everyone who contributed in any way to the many fine displays. We displayed six model steam traction engines, six of the big steamers-, Case, Baker, Advance-Rumely, and Port-Huron. To have picked a winner from among the many splendid antique autos, would have been difficult indeed. There was a big display of Gas engines, almost every make, and in fine condition. We had at least eight gasoline and oil tractors. Among them were the reliable old Oil-Pulls, all of them in fine condition. A prony brake, two big fans, a saw mill, two separators, and a pile of straw kept the big steamers and the Oil-pulls busy. The balancing act was an attraction and most of the engineers tried their hand at it. In fact our Engineers, both Steam and Oil are a very sociable group, as are the owners of the antique autos. All of these men, in a very agreeable attitude, gave freely of their time and knowledge to any and all spectators (a pleasant departure from some shows we have attended). We have moved our show dates into July, to provide wheat, we expect to 'thrash two good loads each day. This is only one of the changes by which we plan to have a more enjoyable show. A full account of displays and action will be found in our ad.
Food, always an important item at any show or reunion, was provided by the Granges of the Coldwater area. The concessions were clean, the food wholesome, very ably prepared, and reasonably priced. We shall arrange to have the same 'set-up' for our '66 show.