Another Successful Year At The Shenandoah Valley Show In 1975

| November/December 1975

15700 Santini Road, Burtonsville, Maryland 20730

It is once again that I find joy in reporting another show at the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Show. Our weather, crowd and displays could not have been better; in fact in my 10 years of participation in the show I do not recall better of any of the three. Despite bad weather visiting some of the other shows before ours, including a total washout and flood at one, we had beautiful sunny weather with day time sunshine bringing 80 to low 90 degree temperatures and low humidity, no, not even any snow was reported. The crowds were the largest ever, which I think is a sign that our show is earning a better reputation and more popularity each year. We had a lot of additional equipment on display this year, although no new makes of steam traction engines were observed by me. The largest additions were in the gas tractor and engine section, along with some homemade steam traction engines and portables.

The flea market section was much larger this year, by far. Our gang, as anticipated lost most of its camping building to them, but not enough to cost us our sleep. Our village blacksmith was present and busy as usual, as was our small foundry busy making castings for use in restorations as well as for sale as souvenirs. A broom maker was also with us, along with many other such exhibits. Our membership and registration booths were busy as usual, with all of the help they could get being pressed into service. This was especially true at the admission gate, where those onĀ  duty did an admirable job despite being short on parking lot help this year. We hope to be able to help the crowded conditions on the display grounds another year by some adjustment in the exhibitor and truck parking, and some camping changes.

The large steam traction engine display this year consisted of Frick, Geiser, Case, Aultman-Taylor, Farquher, and Russell. I hope I have listed them all. In Frick and Geiser, we had both single and double cylinder versions. This does not count the many models, some made from portables and others from scratch.

Mr. Gowl provided the power for our small rock crusher with his small version of a Frick. Our Vice-president, Paul Giles powered the sawmill with his double cylinder Frick, with Frank Anderson as sawyer, as usual. Bill Sprouse used his Case on the thresher this year, while other engines took their turns at other chores. Joe Newton once again handled the shingle mill with his rare 10 hp. bevel gear Aultman-Taylor, while Ralph Lewin with his Z Z Geiser, along with all the rest took their turns and put on a show for one and all. Yes, from 10 to 30 hp. we had an engine for any job.

Our gas tractor display was very large with many types displayed, from 'Cookie' Cornett and his 4 wheel drive Massey Harris down to a one wheel garden tractor. Some of the others were Fordson, McCormick-Deering, Quincy, Waterloo Boy, John Deere, International, among many others. The total of makes of small gas engines are too numerous to attempt to list.