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The Bluegrass Steam and Gas Engine Association of Harrodsburg, Kentucky held its 12th reunion August 13, 14, 15, at the Danville-Boyle County Fairgrounds, 9 miles south of Harrodsburg on U.S. 127.

Many exhibitors had arrived on Thursday, but on Friday and Saturday morning, they really poured in. Friday saw the many exhibitors getting set up and settled for the weekend. Flea market people started to arrive in the afternoon. By Saturday morning the flea market area was full!

After a rain stopped on Saturday morning, activities really began. The flea market area had all types of things for sale: gadgets, tools, glasswares, pictures, artist drawings, and all kinds of antique auto parts.

Down in the steam engine area, they were getting ready to thresh wheat with a McCormick Deering thresher powered by a big Case engine owned by Dick Gibson.

You also have to include Kitch's Steam Calliope with the steam power. Clovis saw that steam was always up and Elisabeth made the whistles sing their song.

The main attraction in our steam area was the big OTIS BROTHERS steam elevator engine that club members restored and got running by show time. This big engine was donated to the Club by the Brown-Williamson Tobacco Co. of Louisville, Kentucky. This big engine was used to operate elevators in the warehouse on 9th and Magnolia Streets in Louisville. The warehouse was being dismantled and the coordinator, Gaylord Long, had gotten in touch with us through one of our members, Herman Pearl, who lives in Louisville. The engine was dismantled, loaded on a truck and brought to the farm of A.G. McConnell of Danville. Members cleaned, loosened parts, scraped grease and dirt and made a wagon on which to display the engine. We had this engine running at our 1980 show. We didn't have time to paint and trim the engine, but should have that done by this year's show. A. G. Mc-Connell furnished power with the Frick engine he is building into a tractor engine. Jim Alexander and family had their home-built steam traction on display and running. We had good steam displays plus a steam table.

Mr. Kenneth Osborne of Bardstown, Kentucky exhibited one fine trailer and excellent restored engines at the Bluegrass steam and gas engine show.

Pat Curry of Dry Ridge, Kentucky and president of the Northern Kentucky Steam & Gas Engine Association displayed a fine 7 HP Galloway engine.

Curtis and William Currens of Salvisa, Kentucky showed a fine trailer of restored engines at the show. Curtis is a director in our Association.

We had the best tractor display ever. Some of the tractors running around were: a Gibson garden tractor; 5 John Deere's; two F-20 McCormick Deerings; one 1930 Case model C; and a Leader tractor.

An unofficial count of 350 gas engines were on display for young and old to talk about and to see what many of them did. As one walked among the exhibits you could see corn being ground by a big 6 HP Fairbanks Morse; power being generated by a Delco light plant; water being pumped by various engines supplying the power. Fairbanks Morse, Delco, Alfa Delaval, Bohon, Hagan, McCormick Deering, .IHC, Maytag, Briggs & Stratton, Stover, Aeromotor, Moguls, Stickney, Geiser, Alamo, Jumbo, Sattley, Galloway, Domestic, Economy, Witte: these were just a few of the names that were at the show! An unusual Fairbanks Morse barrel scale caught many an eye. A first for our show was a shingle mill which owners of tractors could take their turn at powering.

There was a lot of music and dancing for all to enjoy on Saturday afternoon and night. The 'Kentucky Hoed owners' put on an exhibition square dance and got spectators to join the act. Saturday evening one of the most colorful groups of senior citizens from the Central Baptist Church in Winchester, put on a delightful show. The evening was climaxed by the 'Cumberland Hoe-downers' and the country music of Benny Rainwater and the Copper-stones.

A large crowd attended the worship service on Sunday led by Pastor Benthrup. Antique cars filled the grounds by 1:00 PM for the car show. All types of cars were there ranging from a 1905 Cadillac to the modern street rods. A total of 90 cars were entered.

We are looking forward to a great show again in 1982.