Show Stopper at Old Timers Days

Late-season tonado hits just before Old Timers Days show opens in Xenia, Ohio

| December 2000

Events sometimes take on a life of their own. And that is why the most memorable Old Timers Days show at Xenia, Ohio, will probably turn out to be the one that never was. Just two days before this year's event was to open, a tornado hammered the showgrounds at Xenia, where volunteers were making last-minute preparations. 

The tornado swept in and out in one minute on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 20. In that howling 60 seconds, one man was killed, countless others were injured, nearly 20 buildings at the fair grounds were destroyed, and debris was hurled in every direction.

Xenia resident Jim Mullins was the storm's only fatality. At the fairgrounds when the storm struck, he and his wife had taken shelter in their truck when it was hit by an uprooted tree. Although he was not a member of the Old Timers club, Mullins was a draft horse enthusiast.

"They took him from the church to the cemetery in a horse-drawn wagon," says Russ Luse, president of the Old Timers.

The storm built in intensity as it reached Xenia.

"It came in over Indiana, but it was just thunderstorms there. Then it just dropped in here in a flash. It was," Russ adds, "a disagreeable day to start with."


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265