OVAM '92 Reunion

| July/August 1993

  • 1912 Farquhar engine
    Picture #1.
  • Bucyrus steam shovel
    Picture #2.

  • 1912 Farquhar engine
  • Bucyrus steam shovel

3379 Macedonia Road Bethel, Ohio 45106

On August 13-16, 1992, the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show held their 22nd annual reunion. This was a very proud and memorable show for everyone involved. This year marked the first year on the organization's new grounds that had been purchased in November 1990. It was a lot of hard work getting the grounds developed and ready for the 1992 show, but everyone worked together hand in hand to accomplish this goal. The show also held the first National Ford meet, which was very successful and resulted in starting a Ford club.

Several steam engines were shown in 1992. Picture #1 shows two of them: the 1912 Farquhar at left in the photo was the oldest engine at the show, and is owned by 16 year old Todd Slone of Amelia, Ohio. The 1931 Keck-Gonnerman at right in the photo is owned by David Dunn and is the second to last one built.

There were a lot of unusual pieces at the show that were not tractors. Picture #2 is of a 1920 Bucyrus steam shovel that was blowing smoke and moving about every day at the show. The club bought and restored this piece back in 1976.

The club works very hard to make the show a fun event for the entire family. We in part achieve this by having a committee devoted entirely to kids' games. The list of events and games for young kids is numerous. This is done in hopes that someday these youngsters will get the antique collecting bug. There are four women on the Board of Directors; they help create and get events that are enjoyable for women. This is done in hopes that the days of the wife reading a book in the car are over. Most women enjoy our show as much as the men and children.

In 1993 the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery (OVAM) Show will hold the national Massey Harris meet. The club is very proud to hold this meeting. We are making very big plans to ensure that this event is as successful and enjoyable as the 1992 Ford meet.


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