| March/April 1977

R. D. 1,Box 470, Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022.

Well, after two rain-soaked years, we slipped one over on old-man weather. On September 24, 25, at Hookstown Fair Grounds, with near-perfect weather prevailing, we had our best show in several years. A well-organized program, and numerous pieces of machinery were ready for the large crowd that came out to see the show. Slightly less than 5,000 spectators came through the gates in two days.

Featured this year were The Huber Mfg. Co.; the 110 Case was back after an absence of two years, and an interesting showing of horses and horse-drawn machinery under the direction of Frank Briggs. We were able to show a nice 16 H.P. Huber Traction Engine, as we paused to pay tribute to Edward Huber. The engine was shown by its owners, Tom Weaver, and son, Nick. Willis Abel had the 110 Case in top condition and it featured on the fan. At one time, we noted one of its former owners, Charlie Harrison, Fredericktown, Ohio, doing an admirable job of putting it through its paces. We might also add that Everett Hartely, of North Lima, Ohio, nearly stole the show with his mule-powered cut-off saw. The mule's name is Hezekiah.

Our usual program of threshing and baling, sawing, shingle-making, and flour and meal milling, continues to be our favorite attractions. These operations were demonstrated several times daily. Two daily parades of all engines, tractors, antique cars and trucks, and horses received hearty applause. We are always happy to welcome the beautiful Case models of Tom Hatcher & Sons, and Earl Hamilton showed his new half-scale Case model.

The gas tractor and engines department surprised us, as registrations far exceeded those of past years, and we had quite a number of antique cars and trucks. Dean Redd showed and demonstrated his Keystone Skimmer Shovel. Wheat flour and Corn meal were ground on the site and sold, as was apple butter, which was made right on the grounds.

Bill Burris arranged and presented the popular Old Fiddler's Contest on Friday evening, and he and his Green Valley Boys Band entertained on Saturday noon and early evening, and played for the annual square dance on Saturday evening.