Rt 5, Box 375 Boone, North Carolina 28607
Nestled at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway lies Boone, North Carolina, site of the 12th annual High Country Crank-Up. Last year's show was held July 26-28, 1991, at the local fairgrounds and was sponsored by the Carolina Fly-Wheelers Club. The club has 38 members.
Last year's event featured a wide variety of engines from steam engines to tractors and 'hit and miss' gas engines. The following were registered: 303 gas engines, 24 models, 17 tractors, five steam engines, four toy displays, and two washing machines. Also featured were an engine related auction, several antique tool displays, a flea market, food, crafts, and a Sunday morning church service.
Pictured at the High Country Crank-Up 1991: 1890s Peerless, J.C. Greene; 1900s Aultman Taylor, Tim Andrews; 1920 Advance Rumely, Ray Scholl.
Scholl family exhibit including 1904 Peerless D, 1900s Bremen hot air water pump and 11/2 HP J.D. coil box type.
The show proved to be a yesteryear reminiscence, as both collectors and spectators alike could see in operation a corn meal grinder, model engines, tractors, shingle mill, hit and miss engines, log saws, steam engines, and more.
The hills rumbled with thunder as typical summer showers raged after what had been a hot, dry season. Not many complaints were heard, because rain was needed. Fair weather or foul, engine shows must 'chug' on.
The dates for the 1992 show have been set for July 24, 25, and 26 at the High Country Fairgrounds just off Highway 421, east of Boone. For further information contact either Ray Scholl (704) 297-4406, or Mack Hodges (704) 264-2196.