Reunion Reports

THE 1962 OLD TIME THRESHER AND SAW MILL OPERATOR SHOW


| January/February 1963



Three generations

Pictured left to right President Gordon E. Smith, son John and Gordon's Dad, Harry Smith of Orillia. Three generations taken on the President's 14 hp Waterloo at the Reunion at Milton.

2nd ANNUAL REUNION, ONTARIO STEAM & ANTIQUE PRESERVER'S ASSOCIATION

'A huge success' was the President's remarks of the 2nd Annual Reunion of the Ontario Steam and Antique Preserver's Association.

The entertaining 3 day show was presented for around 25,000 visitors at Milton Fair Grounds over Labor Day week-end.

The crowd started to form early Friday morning, when the last of the rumbling steam engines of yesteryear entered the grounds. The numbers swelled in the afternoon to see the antique display and the demonstration of sawing, threshing and other machinery in action, along with the antique cars.

Friday evening Bill Long of Hamilton CHCH-TV and his variety group put on a show in front of the grandstand, which had to be cut short due to showers.

Saturday morning the grounds were investigated by many more; thousands watched the noon-hour parade of steam engines, tractors and horses led by the Milton Girls Kilty band, along the main street. On entering the grounds all the other pieces of equipment joined in, making the parade at least one hour long past the grandstand. After the parade the Reunion was officially opened by the Honorable Mr. William Stewart, Minister of Agriculture, who was ahead of the parade in an open Antique car, owned and driven by Fred Thompson. He was accompanied by the Club President, Gordon E. Smith, Orillia, and Mayor Childs of Milton.

In the afternoon the peak of attendance invaded the grounds to study the machines and view an entertaining program as nearly 100 pieces of machinery went through their paces.