Notes of Interest

| July/August 1996

3841 Highway 421 South Boone, North Carolina 28607

For three special days this past summer, visitors to the High Country could be reminded of days gone by, as antique enthusiasts joined together to display and crank up their engines. These engines of various shapes and sizes produced sounds that echoed through the magnificent mountain countryside of Watauga County.

The sixteenth annual High Country Crank-Up was held July 28 through 30, 1995 at the High Country Fairgrounds and Raceway in Boone, North Carolina.

What can I say? Truthfully, it was bigger and better than ever, the largest show that we've ever had and the most exhibitors. Yes, once again we had the largest number of exhibits, exhibitors and spectators. This year there were approximately 240 exhibitors. There were 410 engines, 37 tractors, four full-size steam engines, 32 models, 13 scooters, seven antique cars, as well as many other excellent displays.

Here are just a few notes of interest: an impressive display of old gas pumps and signs; the 100th made '23 model D John Deere tractor; a nice collection of watch fobs; pottery by Olivia Walker; homemade ice cream and many handmade crafts by Wanda Andrews.

Other highlights were corn meal grinding by Mack, Kyle and John Hodges; the auction with Don Johnson of Marion, North Carolina, who successfully combines humor and talent; an impromptu tractor parade around noon on Saturday organized by Rick Watson and Doug Brown; a wonderful worship and song service; potatoes baked in J. C. Green's steam engine; antique wood lathe demonstrations by Mack and Jeff Hodges; and log sawing by Lynn Castle always attracts a lot of attention.