Every March, thousands of steam and gas collectors head south to the small town of Zolfo Springs, Florida for the 'opener' of the engine show season. The show is primarily a gas engine show, but this year, there were a large number of steam models which drew attention.
Hobbyists Earle Nickerson and Tony Ullrich are given the credit for beginning the Zolfo Springs show, which by 1967 attracted several hundred people to Pioneer Park, the show location. As the show grew, the First National Bank of Wauchula decided to sponsor the event and Tommy Underwood, president of the bank and a 'Florida Flywheeler' suggested the name Pioneer Park Days.
With the 1968 show, a flea market and antique auto show were added, under the leadership of Elizabeth Underwood and Emerson Clavel, respectively.
In 1980, a parade was added to the scheduled activities. 1984's parade marshal was Leon Schrader.
Outdoor entertainment is provided throughout the show, and one of this year's special attractions was the appearance of the famous Anheiser Clydesdales. No doubt there will be other new features in years to come. The show, which was held March 1, 2, 3, and 4, 1984, is always scheduled for the first week in March.