SHOW REPORT 1973

Farm Museum (formerly Acres of Antiques)


| March/April 1974



EXHIBITORS - HELPERS & HONORED SHOW OFFICIALS from a large part of the continent outdistanced an 'old time Barn Rais'n' ten-fold. THEY RAISED AN ENTIRE  SHOW. Upresidented Ice, Show and Rain throughout Jan-Feb-Mar (90 consecutive days of All Day shoe wearing weather) had precluded other than token development of electric lines, buildings, water lines and other 'taken for granted' conveniences at  FARM MUSEUM'S (formerly Acres of Antiques), new showgrounds.

The Magnitude of Exhibitor-Helper cooperation, fellowship and 'overcome all setbacks attitude' spurred this Retired Rebel to subsequently jump, that is jump all the way to the River. They liked all potentials. The Location, the Weather, the Campground potentials, the nearby Motels, Shopping Centers and Friendly Attitude. Their wholehearted willingness to 'build a show' and their request to ENLARGE NOW, resulted in subsequent land purchase resulting in a 100 acre showgrounds beginning within sight of 1-95 & Hwy. 9 interchange and extending over one mile along 1-95 to Little Pee Dee River. Occupants of the 21,000 cars per day that travel 1-95 can't help but see tractions, waterwheels, and representative portions of the 1000 tons of equipment, that will hereafter operate 50 weeks a year as FARM MUSEUM & CAMPGROUND and reserving two weeks at Easter time for Exhibitors and Helpers. Providence seemed to prefer candlelight to electricity for campers, atmospheric pressure to compressed air for models, hot sun on hot sand for Gatekeepers, etc. until everybody pitched in and overcame development delay caused by upresidented elements. Thank you everybody.

A complete list of Registered Exhibitors, Helpers and Honored Show Officials (accumulated) from 35 states, Canada & D. C. are carried in the Gas Engine Magazine, Iron Man Album and Engines & Engineers.

This report emphasizes involvement of Exhibitors & Helpers in the Relocation, development and expansion of the Showgrounds.

Telling about 'Engine Running Exhibitors' can best be done with captions beneath pictures in the Trade Magazines. Please send us your favorite Black & White pictures taken here. We will return. In addition to material sent for the Media, also send material and pictures for a soon to begin bimonthly sheet that will be mailed without cost to members. This will be a story telling, truth stretchin, humorous sheet sprinkled with truth'n and pictured facts. What say everybody, your pictures, captions etc. are needed NOW.

The Donahoos, Kirk & Sug (Ky) and the Balletines, John & Bessie (Ky) arrived by camper a few days ahead and worked from can't see to could see. (By Electricity). They strung about 4000 feet of power line in a professional manner. John is a top electrical engineer and he knew how to get results with the plentiful supply of volunteer help. Thank you Kirk, John and Helpers.