2362 No. 85th Street, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
I usually attend eight or ten engine shows a year and I would like to mention a few faults or lack of planning I have observed.
For one thing, very little activity. Enough equipment is brought in but for the most part is used only in the parade. I for one would like to see the old 1910 to 1925 gas tractors and also the steam engines running and move around the ground a bit.
Too many engines of the same make and horsepower at the shows. I have seen as many as eight engines of the same make at one place. Duplication does not make the show attractive. Some shows have the same engines and machines year after year. A little variety from the previous year would help.
I have attended some shows that are not anywhere near ready on opening day. Trucking in engines and setting up tents the morning and afternoon of opening day is not what the spectator pays his admission for.
I have also seen twenty-five horsepower steam engines belted to late model twenty-four inch steel threshers. That certainly does not create a setting as it was done in the good old days.
Now here is one. Using one and the same engine on the thresher for the duration of the show when any number of engines are available is quite common. The same goes for the saw mill. This is aggravating and I am sure hundreds of people will agree with me.
Something for the ladies and the youngsters to look at or to participate in would be an asset to some shows.
It seems we have far too many shows. Merging some shows would help. Some shows could be moved to earlier dates in June and early July. A few clubs have shows in June and are quite successful.
Playing records and making loud and unnecessary announcements over the public address system is something we can do without.
We go to the reunions to meet old friends and make new ones. With the loud music and such, it is next to impossible to carry on any conversation.
Most rest rooms could be improved. Also shelter and shade from the sun and a place to sit down would be a welcome addition. Some places use straw bales and planks and they serve quite well.
I did not have a chip on my shoulder when I wrote the above article. Neither did I wish to step on any one's toes. I had no one in particular in mind when I wrote this. This is just a bit of constructive criticism. I am sure that with a little effort some shows could be greatly improved.
(This article is printed in the interest of all those planning shows and wondering how to make them better. This is just one man's views, but he probably speaks for many. I don't think any of us would agree with each and every item mentioned, but I do think it is worthwhile in the fact that perhaps you can work on the points needed to better your show from the points you do not think necessary. Please do not take offense. 1 feel Clarence is sincere and means no ill will towards anyone as his last paragraph states. Anna Mae)