| July/August 1973

Blowing Rock, N.C. 28605

The Second Annual 'Carolina Crank-Up' was held September 1-2-3-4 at Blowing Rock, N.C. We enjoyed sunshine all four days as compared to our first show of rain and fog. Spectators, along with many displays, rolled in from all over the eastern United States.

During the Crank-Up we had over 4,000 spectators watching with amazement the iron 'monsters' of the past 'doing their thing'

Oats were threshed with a McCormick Deering threshing machine powered by a 25x65 Frick. V.J. Cline of N.C. kept this engine puffing away all four days. The oat bundles were all hand tied, which is not uncommon to this mountain area. The two trucks used in transporting the oats bundles to the thresher were very much at home, a 1919 solid rubber tire Kissel and a 1929 Graham Brothers. Coal was hauled to the steam engines on a 1930 International truck.

After the threshing came the dusty job of bailing the straw. This was performed witn an Ann Arbor hand tie block bailer. The power was supplied by a 1938 Huber tractor and a McCormick Deering tractor owned by Gene McLaughlin.

There were many new attractions added to this year's show. One of these was 'Boot Black' Gryder making benches and stools from logs. This furniture was handmade without the use of nails, screws or glue and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. 'Bootblack' called this operation the 'Hillside Furniture Co.'