We thank the Good Lord for beautiful weather again for the Stump town Steam Threshers Reunion which was held Saturday and Sunday, September 12,13,1981.
A large crowd, approximately 3500 to 4000, was present for both days. Saturday's show officially began at 9:00 a.m. with the raising of 'Old Glory' and a prayer by our M.C., Mickey MacDonald. Then the sawmill, shingle mill, corn meal machine, thresher, bailer, power-eater generator all got down to business. Gasoline Alley, with approximately 125 engines and displays, also went into action. The steam models were hooked up to Jed Crowe's Peerless portable which provided plenty of steam. 'Gas Tractor Row' consisted of 43 tractors with the 'Green Line J.D.'s' being the most numerous. Grady Smith exhibited his Shay locomotive model and put in several miles running back and forth on 80 feet of track.
Gary Arnold operated his ?-scale sawmill and ?' scale model engine making 'yard-stick' sawed boards for everyone's delight. Tom Hatcher and son showed their scale model Case engines and water wagon. Ray Covault displayed his ?-scale model Greyhound which he built from pictures of the 24 HP Greyhound.
At 1:00 each day the annual slow engine race and block race got under way in two classes: antique and ?-scale. The winners of the slow engine and block race was as follows: Saturday's slow engine race (antique)- Henry Niemiec, 12 HP Russell. Sunday's slow engine race (antique)--Gary Ludwig, 24 HP Greyhound. Saturday's slow engine race (? -scale)--Bill Arnold, Scale Model (Goat). Sunday's slow engine race (? scale)--Earl Hamilton, Scale Model (Case). Saturday's block race (antique)--Doc Saffell, Peerless. Sunday's block race (antique)-- John McDowell, Baker. Saturday's block race (? -scale)--Earl Hamilton, ? -scale Case. Sunday's block race (? -scale)--Criss Arnold, ? -scale, 'Goat'.
At 2:30 the Ladies Auxiliary announced that Mrs. Anna Burton of Scio was chosen the Thresherman's Queen and William Flowers of Adena was awarded the Thresher-man of the Year.
At 3:00 the tobacco spitting contest sponsored by Mail Pouch was held. The winners were as follows: 1st place: Randy Ammounds, Fairview, West Virginia (15', 3'). 2nd place: Ray Wright, Bellaire, Ohio (15', 2'). 3rd place: Kip Carson, New Athens, Ohio (14', 9'). 4th place: Buddy Ammounds, (14', 6'). 5th place: Terry Erdos, New Athens, Ohio, (12', 9').
At 4:00 each day the grand parade was held with all portable units entering. The wagon backing contest was held at 7:00 Saturday evening. Don Boroski, our president, won in the wide front end category in 39 seconds and Mark Lyle won in the tricycle category in 46 seconds.
At 7:30 a quilt made by the Ladies Auxiliary was auctioned off and brought $76.00. A quilt was raffled off Sunday afternoon and was won by Fern Scott of Freeport, Ohio.
Eight o'clock was the start of the fiddling contest with Bert Toole in charge. The winners were as follows: Over 30 class: 1st place: Jim Ady, Woodsfield, Ohio. 2nd place: Dorman Jefferies, Toronto, Ohio. 3rd place: Floyd Warren, Cortland, Ohio. Under 30 class: Larry Stahl, Barnesville, Ohio.
Each winner received a 'trophy. After the contest, Carl Porter played several tunes on his harmonica and then a jam session of all the fiddlers and their accompanists was held. Earl Hamilton, Ray Covault and Mrs. Kenny Siddle were the judges. We were honored by the presence of Kenny Siddle, a Ohio and West Virginia Champion Fiddler who played several tunes including 'Mocking Bird.'
Sunday's show opened with church services at 9:00 with Marion Rogers in charge and music led by Mrs. Anna Burton and the Stump town Quartet. A total of 8 full-sized antique traction engines, 2 full-sized portable antique engines, 3 ?-scale traction engines (steam), 3?-scale traction engines (steam), 15 stationary steam engines, 125 gasoline engines, 43 gas tractors, several antique cars and trucks, 1 full size sawmill, 1 ?-scale sawmill, 3 threshers, 2 bailers, a power eater generator, 1 ensilage cutter, 1 shingle mill, 1 sawmill and a corn meal machine (stone burr) were exhibited.
The New Athens Firemen's Auxiliary did a fine job feeding the crowd, along with Lee Nichols' candy apples and popcorn and Mr. Beebee's ice cream stand. Three huge kettles full of bean soup and corn bread were sold each day.
The Stump town Steam Threshers officers and directors wish to thank all who helped make this year's show a success. A special thanks goes to all the exhibitors who showed their equipment and to all the spectators. Without these people, there wouldn't be a show. The 1982 show will be held September 11 and 12, the weekend after Labor Day.