| November/December 1979

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R.R. 3, Boonville, Missouri 65233

The MRVSEA held their 15 annual show at the Youth Fairgrounds along 1-70 at Boonville, Missouri the 8, 9, 10 of September 1978. Our show is always held the weekend after Labor Day.

The exhibits consisted of seven large steam engines, two Keck Gonnermans, one Peerless, two Jumbos, one double cylinder Reeves, and one Minneapolis.

Threshing is done with a 1938 McCormick Deering separator. Other activities that involve the steam engines are the proxy brake for the horsepower test, a steam engine race, lumber sawing, the baker fans, and rock crushing. There is never a moment when a steam engine cannot be found doing one thing or another. Along with the large steam engines is a large collection of scale model steam engines of all makes.

There is a large display of gas engines, the largest of which is a 75 HP St. Mary's diesel that came from Eureka, Missouri where it was used to make ice. Built in the 1920s it has a 14' bore, 20' stroke and weighs 26,000 pounds. The cap off of the connecting rod weighs 84 pounds. This is an engine everyone should see. There are around 300 gas engines on display, many of which come from neighboring states.

Our show also has a large display of horse drawn machinery and antique tractor machinery. Other displays consist of antique hand tools, spark plug collection, barb wire collections and license plate collections. One interesting display is of furniture made of old farm implements. There is also a display of antique clocks and various antiques.


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