| July/August 1980

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I spent the most enjoyable weekend of the summer of 79 at the Nittany Antique Machinery Show at Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. From the moment of my arrival on September 7, at the show grounds at Penns Cave, I knew I was in for a great 'old-time' festival.

A short trek through the hay stubble brought me to one of the nicest 'flea markets' I have seen. Even though some items for the ol' iron collector and some for my wife and sons but no fleas!

As I continued on toward the head quarter's building, I 'trooped-the-line' of a group of very impressive puffer bellies, all steamed up and ready to puff. Moments later, in the same area, I stopped to supervise the unloading of an 18 wheeler ladened with restored farm tractors. Soon realizing the man in charge knew far more than I about unloading old iron, I headed for the model building, which was filled right up with all kind of goodies. Enough to warm the heart of the most ardent collector!

Finally reaching the headquarter's building, I joined the club and had a nice chat with the friendly members in charge.

Soon after leaving the headquarter's building, I met my Waterloo. There, just a few yards away stood an ice-cream freezer powered by a John Deere 'L'. If there is one thing I can't pass up, it's John Deere Ice Cream especially when it is dished up alongside of homemade pie.

'The further I went, the behinder I got.' Just had to stop at the mammoth bean soup kettles, steam fired from a good ol' traction engine. Then over to the apple butter, made with live steam; then off to the chicken barbeque, with a side trip to the french fries and funnel cakes. All considered, if a feller went home hungry, it was his own fault.


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