Cowgill, Missouri 64637.
Preparations for the North Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Antique Show and Demonstration's ninth annual affair began long before the Aug. 18-20 show dates. Much planning and paper work took place during the spring months and culminated with 1972's show being a big success, as witnessed by the 2,700 paid attendance.
Exhibitors began arriving in Hamilton Monday, Aug. 14, and all over the country various antique items were being removed from sheds, cleaned, painted and generally spruced up for showing. Women of the area were busily engaged in stitching up new dresses of old fashion design and restoring original creations belonging to mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, to be worn in the parade and during the three-day event.
Youngsters were properly impressed by the demonstrations of crafts of yesteryear and moms, dads and grandparents were often called upon to dredge up memories of 'when I was a kid.'
The business block of Hamilton fairly bustled with old time bargains at sidewalk sales with gaily dressed clerks and lots of that all-too-often forgotten commodity known in days gone by asvisiting.
TV programs, fast cars and modern conveniences such as air conditioning were left behind for awhile as young and old alike enjoyed displays of antique glassware, old coins, ceramics, candles, jewelry, foods, antique cars (like grandpa used to drive), 150 gas engines of every size, tractors and horse drawn machinery and of course the demonstrations of threshing, straw baling, clover hulling, Baker fan competition and pony pulling contests.
Thresher's meals were served on the grounds, drawings and contests were staged and a large crowd watched as the parade made the rounds Saturday. The Association reports approximately 300 exhibitors, some from out of state and many from the far corners of Missouri, seven large steam engines, 12 model steamers, 15 tractors and 150 gas engines. Horses and mules were also present and one onlooker reports the sight of a balky mule team brought back many memories of childhood.
This year's show was labeled a success by people in general, but the greatest valuethe contribution of genuine, wholesome pleasure to hundreds of people, will never be fully known. Pleasure is something each individual must measure within himself and the fact that many keep returning to Hamilton each year at Steam Engine Show time makes it plain that all the hard work and planning by the Association is worthwhile.