What a sight it was, at the 1975 Mark Twain Show, to see such a lineup of steamers. On the left; Edgar Levings' 1917 Case 60. Edgar resides at Ewing, Missouri. Center; 20 HP 1919 Advance Rumely owned by Dick Snow of Palmyra, Missouri. Right; 18 HP 1918 Au
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The sixth annual show was held on July 11, 12 and 13 at the Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, Missouri.
We have attended many shows of this general type, but never before one which had such total community involvement and interest.
An air of sadness was evident among the members and others who participated in this show. Mr. Lawrence Hempstead, a most-liked person had passed away on December 2, 1974, while awaiting a plane which was to take him and a group on a trip to the Holy Lands. Lawrence had been elected President when the Mark Twain Old Threshers group was first organized in October, 1969. Lawrence was succeeded by Mr. Leon Foree in the Presidency of the group.
When we went onto the show grounds in the evening the day before the start of the show and asked for Mr. Foree, we were told, 'you'll find him down over that rise at the unloading ramp, unloading a steam engine.' Indeed he was. Even Presidents work at shows. Leon and his group of officers was no exception.
The merchants, citizens, civic organizations and exhibitors all pitch in to make this show the huge success that it is.
The National Guard, local law enforcement groups and members of the various civic groups handled the parking in a most orderly manner.
This Show could boast of something which would appel to all age categories. A well stocked flea market was held under roof.
There was a fiddler's contest, a square dance and a special dance for the teenagers. Worship service was an important part of this show on Sunday.
A draft horse pulling contest was held on Friday night and parades were held on Saturday and Sunday. These parades included vintage automobiles as well as tractors, steam engines (full size and models), and many other items of interest.
Gas engines were there in abundance and in a wide variety. An exhibit of special interest to me was the Rider Ericsson hot air engine being shown by Jack & Virginia Folta of Laddonia, Missouri. To prove-the manufacturer's claim that this hot air engine would provide power from anything that would burn, Jack periodically fueled it with dry cow chips.
Trailers, pulled by tractors, provided tours of the show grounds and also served as shuttle conveyances.
A miniature train provided rides around a large oval track. This train was kept busy.
A helicopter provided rides for those who wanted an aerial view of the area. This helicopter proved to be a very popular attraction.
The Pork Producers served breakfast and continued to serve food all day and into the evening as long as was necessary. Other food concessions did an admirable job also. There was no need to leave the grounds for food; however, you could enjoy a drive through the country or take advantage of a nice shopping area in downtown Paris.
There is an old covered bridge about 6 or 8 miles south of town. We were directed there and took some pictures.
The sanitary facilities are adequate and clean at this show.
The weather was absolutely ideal, with nice balmy days for the show and cool nights for sleeping.
It is certain that we have forgotten to mention other items of interest at this show, but we will be back next year if the Good Lord is willing. We'll take better more complete notes and a better cross-section of pictures.