The Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association's 26th Annual Show


| May/June 1998



Old Mill Stream

452 County Road 33, Bluff ton, Ohio 45817

Once more the sounds of days gone by echoed through the Old Mill Stream Fairgrounds in Findlay, Ohio, for four days July 31 through August 3, 1997. The sounds of saw-milling, tractor pulls, threshing, and hit and miss engines were everywhere. We had the type of weather for the week that could only have been special-ordered.

There were ten steamers on display, with each taking its turn at the sawmill, thresher, and Baker fan. The smell and sounds of the steamers hinted at the memories of work and power and a bygone way of life that unfortunately, we cannot all experience. The wail of the whistles were a reminder that we shouldn't underestimate abilities of these engines to work, if they were to be once more called upon to pull the load, or work the fields, and retake their place as the king of power in the fields of America.

There were 360 gas tractors of a wide variety of brands, with an emphasis on Ohio built equipment. The tractors put on a fine show, working under the load of the pulling sled, the shingle and sawmill. The parade of equipment on Saturday gave all the tractors and steamers the chance to show off their colors.

Some folks and their tractors entertained spectators with a tractor square dance. It's called just like any square dance, only the tractors were the focus of attention. What a sight, seeing the tractors move in unison to the direction of the caller. It's also a testimonial to the folks who are behind the wheel, and their abilities to maneuver the machines.

The engine area was just bulging at the seams with over 545 engines on display shelling and grinding corn, pumping water, crushing pop cans. This year's feature engine was Briggs & Stratton with many rare and unusual models on display. One trailer alone held 35 engines. With new quartz halogen lights, the engine area was lit up like day and spectators stayed to visit and admire the iron art of the past, long after dark had settled on other areas of the show. There were many unusual items to be found for sale in the exhibit area. It's fun to bring along a little something to sell from your display area, or to take to the Trading Post and consign it.