2000 Boone Show Report

| July/August 2001

Sec, Carolina Fly-Wheelers 3841 Highway 421 South Boone, North Carolina 28607

The 21st annual High Country Crank-Up was held on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29, 2000. The show grounds looked great due to the dedication and hard work of our club members during the two-week period prior to the show.

We had typical Boone weather for the show again this year. Most people who have attended our show know that our club puts on a 'clean show' it usually rains and washes everything clean! As luck would have it, this year's thundershowers came late in the day (both days, of course) when things were winding down.

Our records show that we had 468 gas engines, 43 gas engine models, three steam engines, nine model steam engines, 654 steam engine toys, 37 tractors, four diesel engines, and lots and lots of related items. Probably the most eye-catching display was a recently restored (by club members, Kyle and John Hodges of Boone, North Carolina) full-size, operational sawmill which was powered by one of the steam engines belonging to club member, J. C. Greene, of Deep Gap, North Carolina. Also, nearby was a quarter scale tractor and sawmill owned and operated by Larry DuFour of Cary, North Carolina.

Bob and Rosie Hatten, of Gulf-port, Mississippi, were in our area camping. They read about our show in one of our local newspapers, saw our show signs, and came to see what was going on. They are planning to come back next year.

This year we had 56 members. Also, this year our club tried to hold events that involve our spouses and other family members. The most popular has been meeting at local restaurants; eating and having a brief meeting afterwards. For the last three years we've been taking a train ride with a steam-powered locomotive. In addition to these two annual activities, a group also met one Sunday this fall to tour Cade's Cove and picnic together. I've already been in discussion about several other wintertime activities.