Report of the Tenth Reunion of the Tioga County Early Days, Inc.


| January/February 1976



Shinglehouse, Penna. 16748

The show was held at Whitneyville, Pa. on the large Tioga County Fairgrounds, midway between Wellsboro and Mansfield on Route #6. The official dates were July 11, 12. 13th 1975, but if you had been there as I was you would have thought it started a week before with all the equipment being brought in. Trucks, trucks and trailers, cars and trailers, cars and campers. I will refrain from mentioning names as I might leave out someone and I would not think of offending anyone as the officers and members really did a wonderful job in putting on this show. The largest and best in the history of the Tioga County Days, Inc. This is not just a Steam and Gas Show, but a show of Antiques in Operation including Steam and Gas Engines. There was entertainment going on each day and evening during the show. The shingle making drew considerable attention, making shingles by hand splitting and making shingles on the power shingle mill and hewing barn beams by hand and now I will give a short description of the parade.

The oxen were in the lead as the parade came by the speakers stand with the teams of Belgian horses. Following them came the giant steam engines, the giant 65 horsepower Frick steam traction leading the engines. There were more steam engines this year than ever before from the big one right on down to the scale models.

Following the nice showing of steam came the gas tractors. It seemed like a never ending line as they passed the speakers stand. After the parade I took a look at the gas engines and early farm equipment. There was an enormous show of gas engines, a 40 horse power Bessermer right on down to the little faithful Maytags and two hot air engines from Horseheads, N. Y.

The club has a very unique set-up for models in one of the fair buildings. Exhibitors are welcome to bring whatever they have to show and they came from many miles and many states including Canada. The club is gong ahead fast and they have purchased their own trailer for transporting show equipment to and from the fairgrounds. The club has their own flag and is making arrangements for a year round museum.

They are taking a very active part in the '76 Bicentennial. They have the large bicentennial flag as well as small ones to display on antique equipment in parades. Speaking of parades in other towns the club had a number of units in parades in Coudersport, Shingle-house, Mansfield, Jersey Shore and Wellsboro this year. In '76 the club intends to reach out farther in more parades. The Bicentennial Show will be held five days, July 7-8-9-10-11, 1976. Announcement for the '76 Bicentennial Show will be in this magazine at a later date. There was just too much going on to see it all in one day. There was all together too many operations to -begin to mention them all. It takes time to see them all as most are in operation at the same time, such as the thresher powered by a pony tread mill and the thresher powered by a horse sweep or the drag saw cutting shingle bolts for the shingle mill. The village blacksmith shop with the 1907 wood and leather bellows was operated on a part time basis as the owner had a steam traction engine to attend to and the engine came first.