7th annual bluegrass steam & gas show

| July/August 1977

  • Bluegrass Steam and Gas Show

  • Saw Demonstration
    Two man crosscut saw demonstration by members of The University of Kentucky Forestry Club.
  • Salvisa Ruritan Club Members
    Members of the Salvisa Ruritan Club served food for the three-day show. These three Ruritan members life to right; Leroy Tracy, Melvin Chilton and W. L. Speaks are shown cooking a big pot of soup beans.

  • Bluegrass Steam and Gas Show
  • Saw Demonstration
  • Salvisa Ruritan Club Members

President, Rt. 1, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 40342

The Seventh Annual Bluegrass Steam and Gas Engine Association of Harrodsburg, Kentucky held its show at the Mercer County Fairgrounds on August 20, 21, 22, 1976. Total attendance for the show was son 2000. All came to see the finest restored gas and steam engines were found anywhere. 31 flea were open for selling Some 240 gas engines were on display along with 6 antique gas tractors, 3 steam engines and 22 antique cars. Some featured items to be seen were a gas powered washing machine, gas powered cutoff saw, 5 water pumps, a rock crusher, 4 grist mills, model water powered grist mill, lionel model electric train display and 1 stationary steam engine. There was a Case steam engine belonging to Mr. Dick Gibson, and Mr. Forrest Cunningham both of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The Frick steam engine belonged to Mr. Buddy Shewmaker of Mackville, Kentucky. The working model of a Case steam engine belonged to Mr. Jim Rice of Louisville, Kentucky and he also had a working saw mill powered by his little engine. The stationary engine Was the work of Mr. Angereau McConnell of Danville, Kentucky. Along with the threshing machine for the steam engines to run was the big Baker fan. Wheat for the steam engines was furnished by Mr. Buddy Shewmaker of Mackville, Kentucky. Some of the talents in restoring tractors were seen in a 1911 Aultman Taylor, 1930 Model C Case, 1939 Model C Case, and a Fordson. The 1939 Farmall F-20 stone mills were all in working order and grinding meal to the finest quality.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening the light weight division for the Kentucky grand championship horse pulling got under way. Eight teams entered the event and a fine crowd was on hand to see it.

Our old friends from the Kitch Greenhouses steam calliope got up steam early Saturday morning to play songs, old and new. Gas engines, large and small, began to arrive early Saturday morning with the largest being a big 40 HP Superior oil field gas engine. This big engine belongs to Mr. Kenny Booher of Burksville, Kentucky and was built in 1936 and Mr. Booher has mounted it on a truck trailer with a big diamond T diesel tractor to pull it. This being the largest, the smallest were two half HP New Holland engines belonging to Mr. Billy Joe Broaddus of Lancaster, Kentucky. Some of the names of engines shown at our show were Associated, Fairbanks Morse, Leroi, Maytag, Novo, New Way, Jeager, Hercules, Economy, John Deere, Monarch, Hagan, International, Witte, McCormick Deering, Gilson, United, and Bohon.

The most unique display was the overshot water wheel stone mill built in 1811 at Renfro Valley, Kentucky. Mr. Ralph Marcum of Sand Gap, Kentucky reproduced this mill on a small trailer. The display was complete with water running over the big wheel. The source of power was a one and one half HP Economy engine.

Another unusual display was the complete Lionel electric train set-up of Mr. Lafon Darland of Mercer County. The newest piece in his train yard was bought in 1955. The display had a complete main line road and complete switch yard. There were complete freight trains, passenger trains, steam locomotives, switch engines and all the other pieces that make up a train yard. The scale was 0 gauge.


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