Picture taken at 19th Exhibition of Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Ass'n. Inc. at Hookstown, Pa. 65 H.P. Case Engine. Owner Robt. Kelly. Belted to 17 x 22 Case Baler. Owner Paul Crow. Double Cylinder Frick Engine in background. Submitted by Paul F. Cro
Route 1, Box 470, Charleroi, Pa. 15022.
September 20-21 found us all ready to provide our many friends and neighbors with our usual good steam and gas engine show. The scene was the Hookstown Fair Grounds. Our regular list of good machinery was prepared for demonstrations of threshing and baling, shingle making, sawing, flour and corn meal grinding, and all the other attractions that our visitors have come to expect of us.
Rain, which came earlier in the week, and all day Saturday moved in and a sea of mud engulfed us. Thanks to our many faithful supporters, they kept coming and going all day, even though they waded around in the mud. Thus, conditions of the past year were repeated for us this year. The grounds were too wet and heavy to show our machines or demonstrations to any advantage.
We made another attempt to honor the Frick Company, but could not show our entries with any degree of success. We had several Frick engines, including the Double Cylinder and a thresher. Our machinery list included the popular Keystone Steam Skimmer Shovel and the gas tractor and engine department is still growing in size and popularity.
The Fair Board management had provided us with a spacious new building where we could en-certain many of our visitors during the inclement weather. A new feature for us this year proved to be beneficial, especially for the Friday evening crowd. Bill Burris had arranged and was in charge of the Old-Time Fiddlers Contest in the new building and it was very successful. Then, on Saturday evening, Bill repeated with the ever popular square dance.
Good food was in plentiful supply. The large exhibit hall housed many varieties of stands for the flea market trade. With all the unfavorable weather that prevailed, we believe our show was a success.
Thanks to efficient management and the patronage of loyal fans over the years, we are proud to say we have weathered the storm again, and expect to be back in there in 1976. Plans are already in the making for a bigger and better show. You will be hearing from us in due time.