The first and second week in August get busy as the 16th, 17th and 18th of August was our show.
This year we featured the International tractor. They really came in, as well as the other makes, and trailers loaded with gas engines. The steam engines rolled in also, as we had 12. David Ott said, 'No, mine is a scale Case,' so that was actually 11.
Yes, the weather was warm but not as hot as '95.
As some of the people got warmed up and worked up an appetite they went to the shelter where they could get a piece of homemade pie and some pop. They sat and watched the big sawmill work with a 20 HP Russell. They enjoyed the bark of the 19 HP Keck-Gonnerman as Jim loaded the log on the carriage and turned it to suit by hydraulic. He started sawing and the slabs and lumber came sliding off the slide. There were two or three men piling the slabs and boards in separate piles.
About 5:00 p.m. the Lakewood Christian School served the pig roast along with cole saw and potato salad. At 6:15 some men set up for the country western music and the program to honor our farmer's couple-of-the-year. This year the couple to be honored was Anna and Art Myers. They are now retired but they farmed in their area all their lives and still live on the farm. They have one daughter and she and her husband also farm.
At dark they fired the engines on the sawmill for the spark show. Tom popped the popcorn in the big iron kettle, mmm-mmm good!
By the way, I didn't mention that some meeting nights we worked cutting some trees, digging out stones on five acres for new camp grounds on the east end of the show grounds. It was well used this year and we plan to do more in 1997.
We had some crafts that run from making potato crates in an 1898 jig to the usual things made from wood, and a blacksmith demonstration. Some ladies demonstrated weaving cloth.
We have handicap parking on the grounds close to the cook shack and some shuttle riders, but people need to tell us if they need help, so we can help them.
We do not have meetings November, December and January. In February we have a pot-luck at Jim and Julie Blough's to start the new season off.
A steam show is a lot of hard work, but it seems like each one is an improvement on the one before. When we see families enjoying the show, as well as children learning how things used to be in yesteryears, it all seems well worthwhile.
The 1997 show will be held August 15th, 16th and 17th. Hope to see you, in Clarksville, Michigan.