Sec. Carolina Fly-Wheelers Engine Club 3841 Highway 421 S. Boone, North Carolina 28607
The 19th annual High Country Crank-Up was held in Boone, North Carolina, July 24, 25, and 26, 1998. Once again we had a 'clean show.' Out of a near drought-like summer we had a RAIN! on Friday afternoon. Everyone seemed to expect it and continue on. We really did need the rain, and people who attend our show regularly know to expect rain sometime during their stay. After a two-hour-and-fifty-five minute rain that afternoon, the joke at the show grounds became, 'Do you know how to make it rain in Boone?' The answer 'Plan an engine show!'
Our records show that the majority of our exhibitors and vendors were from Florida to Colorado. Our local park ranger decided on doing something other than a split-rail fence, which involved just as much physical labor. He took a rather large cherry log and hewed a very nice mantel, which turned out to be ideally suitable for a log cabin. It sure looked like a lot of hard work! He not only made lots of wood chips and shavings, but he attracted lots of onlookers.
Of course, so did Lynn Castle with his log saw rig. Lynn's picture, along with the saw and his brother-in-law, Ben Wine barger, are featured on page 13 of this year's 1999 Steam and Gas Show Directory. Ben's son Neal, was also nearby with a nice collection of small hit-and-miss gasoline engines, one of which he used to power his shingle mill.
Mack, Kyle, and John Hodges used some of their engines as well, for their corn meal grinding and antique wood lathe demonstrations. All of the above mentioned displays are always conveniently located near the food service area.
We try to reserve our front row of 'gasoline alley' for our own club members, so everyone can see how much fun they are having! Also, they can be easily located if they are needed for any assistance or emergency. Look for my husband, John Hodges, in this area. He usually has some kind of unusual eye-catcher. This winter he had been working on a really weird contraption involving part of his oiler collection.
Every time I pass by the steam engines, I find a crowd around father and son Marvin and Raymond Scholl. They're always patiently answering questions, explaining how things work, where they came from or what they were used for. Vendors were selling most everything from all types of food, hand-crafted items, toys to tarps.
Other interesting and impressive displays are the antique cars and tractors. Rick Watson and Jeff Hodges, who take care of the annual tractor parade, are already making plans for some additional activities in this area for our special 20th annual show this summer. Hopefully there will be a few other little changes, too.
The Carolina Fly-Wheelers Engine Club and their family members enjoyed our annual cook-out/picnic in September, as well as a train ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railway in November. We all had such an enjoyable time that we're thinking of making it an annual event, too.
Come help us celebrate our 20th anniversary. Make plans now to head for the hills to enjoy a great little engine show on July 23, 24 and 25, 1999. For information contact Raymond Scholl (828) 297-4406 or Betty Hodges (828) 264-4977.