GOLDEN SPREAD ANTIQUE MACHINERY SHOW


| May/June 1986



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Route 2, Box 19-A Perryton, TX 79070

The older generation reminisced about days gone by, the younger generation got a glimpse backward into agricultural history, and everybody seemed to have a good time at the eighth annual Golden Srpead Antique Machinery Association Show. The Show was held September 21-22, 1985 in the Texas Panhandle near Perryton on the Donald Sell farm with plenty of open space for the antique exhibits, parade, flea market, thrashing, steam engines, campers, parking and lots of food. In fact there was almost too much space when a team of mules happened to break loose and took off for the 'back forty'. 'Just like in the old times, folks,' the announcer reported.

The large crowd had plenty to look at for a memory-making weekend.

The two-day event held the third weekend in September each year features a parade each day. As the announcer tells about the equipment, it is driven past the grandstands. A real crowd pleaser is the mule-drawn equipment. . .such things as header and barge, Dee ring Ideal Reaper, two-bottom plow, and fertilizer spreader. The mule powered Ransomes & Sims Horse Power Thrashing Machine and the antique feed grinder make a vivid point in the progress of agricultural equipment.

The parade begins each day with a demonstration of the hand sickle and cradle sy the as examples of the way grain was harvested less than 200 years ago... and basically, the same way grain was harvested 2,000 years ago. The parade progresses to the mule-drawn equipment, on to the tractor-pulled combines, and concludes with the actual thrashing of wheat with a steam engine powered thrashing machine. It demonstrates an incredible story of progress in harvesting grain.

The show and parade also features a large number of antique tractors, including a small 1912 'Little Bull' and a twelve ton 1917 Twin City recently purchased by Dan and Donald Sell. The Twin City made its first appearance in the Golden Spread Antique Machinery Show this year after being featured for the past twenty-eight years at the Midwest Thresher's Reunion in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. A 1918 Flour City, 20-35 shown is one of only three known to exist. A large variety of antique tractors was exhibited. The varied sizes, years, wheel lugs, and engine sounds give an interesting facet to the parade.