REUNION ROUNDUP 1980


| March/April 1981



In order to find out what kind of a year 1980 was for shows around the country, we made a few calls and collected some letters to give us an idea. The two big enemies of good attendance, rain and the faltering economy, took a toll on some shows, while others had no problems. Here is a sampling of what we learned......

We learned from two shows which were brand new in 1980. The Lambton Heritage Museum in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada, which opened in 1978 held its first show this year. Activities included pioneer crafts, antique autos and gasoline engines, and operation of a traction engine. Among the craftsmen were a blacksmith, stained glassworker and spinners, weavers and harness makers. The one traction engine at the show, a 1918 George White steam engine idled a George White threshing machine. Attendance was good enough that another show is planned for this year!

Also new last year was the Belltown Antique Car Club & Steam Show in Belltown, Connecticut. Even though the club was plagued with late advertising and misty weather, 1400 people attended the show. This was the first year for engines to be shown with the car parts show that is traditionally held. Larry Hall, who spoke with us, has a collection of caliopes, plus 75 engines. They are looking for a new location for 1981.

Albany Show in Kansas

Edwin Bredemeier wrote to us on the Albany Jubilee in Sabetha, Kansas, which was held on October 4 and 5.

'Greetings from hot and dry midwest and report on postponed Albany Jubilee. 'How does a postponed show turn out?' everyone asks. Good is my decision. Two nice days even though we needed rain. The gas engine alley was as big or bigger than in '79. Had a scale model steamer hooked up to a scale model wood saw with a special blade to cut coasters from Hedge Red Cedar and Walnut wood 3-4 inches in diameter.

'Carl Meier of Dubois was on the coal shovel and throttle of the Port Huron Compound doing its thing on the big Yellow Fellow thresher but he relinquished the belt a few times to the 40 x 80 Avery tractor.