A Trip To The Fall Festival

| January/February 1957

Oregon, Missouri

THIS YEAR OUR TOWN decided to put on a Fall Festival. There was one section devoted to antiques and I was asked to bring my steam engine. I live about four miles from town so made arrangements with a man with a huge truck to haul it for me. In the meantime I began cleaning the engine, getting the grease all off of it and painting and polishing it up. Time was getting short and several people offered to help and not only the members of my own family but neighbors as well. I had two whistles on it. When we were unloaded in town I blew both whistles and in a short time had a large crowd around the engine.

People looked it over, blew the whistles and asked a lot of questions. I stayed with the engine for most, of the next three days and there were people around it all the time. As well as ask questions, they took pictures from every angle.

Thursday was the first day and the engine was decorated with blue ribbons. On Saturday I drove the engine in the parade which consisted of floats and people in pioneer costumes. Saturday night a pageant was given depicting the history of Holt County showing events from the settlement of the country to present time. This event consisted of over one hundred persons and was staged on the athletic field. There was an episode showing how grain was threshed, showing the harvest hands coming to dinner all riding the rack wagon, also a scene showing the men seated at the dinner table. The engine was used in this episode. The committee in charge of the festival told me 'Your engine was the greatest attraction of the fair.' Many people had never seen anything like it before and they enjoyed looking it over. I have been asked to bring the engine to the Annual Festival for next year in September. My engine is number 14034.


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