Overall attendance this year was slightly down from that of 1964. The first two days were up but not enough to compensate for the drop on Sunday -normally our top day. Sunday was the hottest day of the year. Reports coming in indicated several other events in the area suffered in attendance drop-off since people just refused to leave their homes! Speaking of the intense heat - the most interesting observation was the fellows threshing in heavy clothes with shirts buttoned and 'kerchiefs tight around their necks. While they were laboring - people from the city were fainting and requiring medical aid from the ambulance group
Highlights: The new Headquarters' building proved quite adequate. The new 'walkie-talkies' made it possible to keep fairly good control of most activities. Only causalities in this area were a broken antenna and a burnt-out loudspeaker. The big model tent attracted the usual large crowd and Clarence Stilson, Chairman, reports the model owners were quite satisfied with compressed air instead of steam to power their equipment. There were many more models this year including a beautiful scale model steam locomotive running on 50 feet of track brought in by Mr. Elwood. Our model exhibit is now one of the largest in the country!
The food (and prices) were a vast improvement over last year and those of you who didn't take advantage of this should do so next year. Ken McCormack's Barbecue Pit proved a welcome attraction. The Association's two new pieces of equipment drew many favorable comments - the big Corliss engine and Mr. Denman's steam 'mobile'. An unusual piece of equipment to make its appearance for the first time was Bob Potter's 1880 Steam Fire Engine which he brought in from Cicero, N.Y. It is believed to be the only individually owned one in the state. The big event of each day was the 'parade'. Out in front was our steam queen - Miss Judy Elle, a Syracuse University Sophomore from East Bloomfield, riding in Carroll Burdick's 1909 Ford. A new engine in the parade this year was Mr. Brandt's return flue Huber which he brought up from Pennsylvania. Special credit should be given to Bob Caves, Gas Engine Chairman, for the excellent job in lining up and identifying the large number of gas tractors. An unusual event occurred Sunday when an unannounced visitor volunteered to play the calliope - Commander E. J. Quimby of the famous 'DELTA QUEEN' -the last remaining Steam Packet to ply the Mississippi River with a live steam calliope!
One cannot go into detail about the many pieces of equipment and the various events making up the show. Suffice to say, there was excellent cooperation among all members participating and their hard work makes the '1965 PAGEANT OF STEAM' one to remember. Bruce Kelley, Secretary