Our show started out with beautiful, hot weather. We had 21 steam traction engines, 94 gas tractors and 8 model steam engines in the parade each day. There was sawmilling with steam engines, there was also a model sawmill owned by Bob Hughes of Bloomington, Indiana, powered with a model Gaar-Scott steam engine just finished last year and owned and built by Harold Stark of Indianapolis. One of the attractions with the model sawmill was watermelon cutting with the pieces of watermelon going to the kids.
There was stone crushing by Bill Stahl, president, and Denis Schrank, director. The stone was later put on our parade route and rolled down with the Rumely Oil Pull roller, owned by Jack Maple. Jack also had an International corn sheller which was operated each day.
Threshing was done two to three times each day with the wheat provided by Lawrence Porter and Marion Liggett. This always draws a large audience. The threshing was done part of the time with a handfed separator belted to a Burdsall portable engine built in 1892.
The engines and tractors were moving and working all the time providing the show with plenty of action. One of our engines was very special this year in that it is the only one of its kind: a portable Burdsall engine, built in 1892. It was bought last year from the Yesteryear Museum in Dundee, Florida, by A. H. Stanley, Clayton, Indiana, and he had it completely restored before bringing it to our show.
There was also a demonstration each day with the Advance Rumely fodder shredder.
The Indiana University Calliope arrived on Saturday and provided music for the day in competition with the Kitch's Calliope from Miamisburg, Ohio. This calliope is sponsored by the Hook's Drug Company and is a beautiful piece of machinery. It is a show in itself to watch them unwrap it and get it steamed up and ready for action. Both of these calliopes are powered by steam and sometimes they played together. This certainly added atmosphere to our show.
There was a good crowd all three days. Music was provided on Friday evening for the teenagers with disco lights, recorded music, disc jockey comments, and dancing. A fiddler's contest was held on Saturday night for the older generation. There were twelve contestants and this contest was won by a nineteen-year-old girl, Karen Johnson, of Greensburg, Indiana. The Spark Show scheduled for Saturday night had to be cancelled because of a storm.
We woke up to a beautiful day on Sunday and everything went along as scheduled. We had an officers and directors meeting immediately after the show that evening and feel we had a very successful year and are looking forward to the same for next year.
We were saddened the day following the show when we received word that one of our most active members, Paul Alsip of Ogden, Illinois, had passed away that morning. He will be missed by several clubs in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois of which he was an active member. He took his engine to these shows, or helped with someone else's every year. He also served as one of the boiler inspectors each year. We will miss his expertise in steam of which he was always willing to share.