REPORT OF ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF TRI-STATE HISTORICAL STEAM ENGINE ASSOCIATION, INC


| March/April 1978



Secretary, R. D. 1, Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022

Nearly 5,000 spectators enjoyed another successful show at Hooks town Fair Grounds on September 23, 24, 1977 as our 21st annual exhibition was presented. Reasonably good weather prevailed and well-planned demonstrations were the order of both days.

Featured this year, was the Russell and Company line of machinery. We were able to show four Russell engines, the 25 HP belonging to Willis Abel, the 16 HP of Lester Lee's, a 6 HP, owned by Glenn Krofft, and Francis Young's 6 HP portable. The 110 Case was back again and a by demonstrated on the fan, as usual. Another newcomer, a Keystone backhoe excavator, powered by a White motor of 4 cylinder design, was shown. Mention must be made again of the appearance of Hezekiah, the woodcutting mule, who stole the show during each of the parades with his rolling exhibition.

We can always depend upon our well-planned demonstrations to attract the viewers. They include threshing and baling, sawmilling, shingle-making, and flour and meal milling. And this year was no exception. Two daily parades of all engines, tractors, antique cars and trucks and horses still pleases the crowds. We have never shown as many nice teams of horses and some mules than we had this time. The Case models are always a popular item to show. Gas tractors and engines were with us again in ever increasing numbers and several antique cars and trucks appeared. Bill Burris arranged the Old Fiddler's Contest on Friday evening, the two stage shows and square dance on Saturday. These events are always well received by many persons and Bill deserves much credit for his efforts. Show manager and announcer, Nello Mungai, and his assistant, Craig Kern, had all features well planned and something going for the crowd throughout each day.

As a result of the evident satisfaction that has arisen from this year's exhibition, plans are already advanced for even a better one in 1978. Tentative arrangements call for a similar event at Hookstown on September 22, 23, 1978.

The officers and directors of the Association want to express their appreciation for all the help received and the continued support received from the public. The Official Board consists of: President, Lester Lee; Vice-President, Craig Kern; Treasurer, Evelyn Crow; Secretary, Paul Crow. Directors are: Robert Livingstone, Nick Weaver, Fred Fischer, Glenn Fullerton, David McDonald, Vincent McKee, William Mungai, Norman Colby, and Sam Reed