Ready for the Windmillers' Trade Fair


| 5/22/2009 12:46:50 PM


Tags: International Windmillers' Trade Fair, windmills, restoration,

The International Windmillers’ Trade Fair will be the first stop on my summer show circuit.

  Model 12 Dempster windmill
Erecting an 8-foot Model 12 Dempster (pre-1930) here on the ranch, October 2008.

Held June 3-5 at the Butler County 4-H Fairgrounds in El Dorado, Kan., the event is small but mighty.

Windmill enthusiasts attend from all over the country, bringing everything from stunning salesman’s samples to equally handsome restored full-size wheels.

These folks could probably award college credit to attendees. There’s heavy emphasis on sharing information, and many of the people present are very, very knowledgeable about windmills, their history and their role in American agriculture.

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Removing masking tape after painting.

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The Dempster wheel, restoration complete.

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The completed towers. 

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The Aermotor wheel, during final stages of restoration (Barry McManus at back).

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Barry used hot dip galvanized hardware in tower construction.

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A view through the tower.

Octagonal platform on the Aermotor tower
The octagonal platform on the Aermotor tower.
 

This topic hits pretty close to home for me, as there’s been a flurry of windmill activity here on the ranch this spring.

My husband, Jeff, has been restoring two windmills and his brother, Barry McManus, has constructed towers for them. Both windmills are owned by Ron Drosselmeyer, Two Buttes, Colo.