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 family exhibit including 1904 Peerless D, 1900s Bremen
hot air water pump and 11/2 HP J.D. coil box
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.