Box 36 Geigertown, PA 19523
For the eighth year, the Hay Creek Valley Fall Festival was off and running at Joanna Furnace near Morgantown, Pennsylvania, on September 7,8, and 9th. Although steam was not the largest section of the festival, it was adequately represented.
Showing his 1921, 9x10 dry bottom Frick engine was John Fleming of Birdsboro. The engine was used in parades and ran a beautifully restored shingle mill owned by Earl Kieffer. John bought his engine, which had been used to steam tobacco in Lancaster County, in 1975. When it was purchased it needed extensive repairs and over several years John gave the old Frick a lot of TLC.
Additionally on exhibit was a 1905 8x10 Frick wet bottom portable. This engine, owned by D. J. Shirey of Geigertown, was used to power the Hay Creek 1920 48' pinion drive American sawmill.
The third operating steam unit was an 1880 4x5 Orr and Sembower upright which was donated to the Hay Creek Valley group by Mike McClure and was used to buzz saw wood.
Adding to these Steam engines, over 200 hit-and-miss gas engines were on display as well as numerous antique cars.
Additionally, Bob Geiger of Geigertown displayed his immaculate operating model of a Case 65 HP traction engine.
The Fall Festival is held annually the first weekend after Labor Day at Joanna Furnace just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike Morgantown exit 22. For information about next year's festival call 215-582-4938.