Menges Mill Show Honors Agricultural Heritage

Pennsylvania's Menges Mill Show highlights the best of the state's agricultural heritage

| October 1999

It was a scene from another era. Men in straw hats and denim bib overalls greeted each other and exchanged the latest country gossip. Women worked in the kitchen, preparing home-style food for visitors and exhibitors. The sound of many engines once used on every farm provided a soothing background. 

An elderly man sat in a lawn chair next to a gently chugging steam engine.

"That's music," he said. "I could listen to that sound all day. It's music."

The Menges Mill Historic Horse, Steam and Gas Association holds its annual show the third weekend in July at Elicher's Grove in southern Pennsylvania. The grove, once used for church picnics, is set in the York County countryside, just a few miles from the community of Spring Grove.

Shaded by mature oaks, it provided the perfect location for a community event that commemorates the area's agricultural heritage. No suburban developments marred the rolling hills and woodlands. An air of tranquillity transcended the sounds of farm equipment and the buzz of cheerful conversation.

C.E. Stambaugh's buddies described him as "an engine doctor." The 83-year-old resident of Spring Grove brought his threshing machine and two restored Rumely OilPull tractors to the show.