NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN SHOW


| May/June 1981



Engine shows

Route 3, Box 3722, Grayling, Michigan 49738

It's about time. About time that I report again about our show. It is growing like many other engine shows. I sometimes wonder how much more it will or should grow. We own only 60 acres and I don't suppose we could buy any more land around us right now. At show time, with the usual show items, parking and camping, flea market, plowing area, etc., most every inch is used. Actually, most folks call ours the 'Buckley Show.' That's because it is held at Buckley, a little crossroads village a few miles south of Traverse City on M 37.

Not only have we grown, but changed. I have said before that in our beginning there were mostly old engines and tractors that were mostly looked at by mostly older men. Things are changed now. Whole families come. So, we have sort of 'swung with the punch.' We fill both floors of the club house with arts and crafts. We sponsor a monstrous flea market. Mrs. Martin spins wool all day. Mrs. Komornik paints pictures all day, and they both talk and teach and answer questions. We have that agreement with arts and crafts folks that they do their thing right there. They are encouraged to sell their works.

Another big plus we have: a lot of the younger folks are showing interest and effort and doing a terrific job. Nothing does my heart better than to see some older fellow stop by some teenager who needs a bit of help with a hunk of old iron.

Folks like a working show, I think. There are all sorts of museums where a person may parade by a row of silent stuffengines etc. These are fine and certainly they serve a purpose. But they don't compare with John Sandulas' Advance Rumely steamer being really worked at the sawmill where Sam Zue is 'pushing' a bit. And our sawmill runs and runs. Lots of logs and they just keep it going. They change power often and that is part of the show.

This year we put up a windmill and drove a well beneath it. Right near there is another well being pumped with a gas engine. That's where the public, horses, and oxen can get a good, fresh, cool drink of water.