Several days of ideal weather conditions, with a good showing of nice engines and other machinery, resulted in one of our best efforts to please the large crowds that attended our annual steam engine show. The event was staged at Hookstown Fairgrounds on September 17 and 18, 1982.
Featured this year was the Peerless machinery line. Dean Redd showed his TT-16 HP traction, and Willis R. Abel appeared with his 18-50 HP and Z3-120 HP tractions. This Z3 is almost one of its kind in existence. It had been completely rebuilt and attracted a lot of attention. In addition, Vince Viscuso came up with his super collection of model cranes.
L. Forrest of Staples, Ontario is shown above with his 75 HP Case engine. The photo was taken at the 1979 Western Ontario Steam Threshers Show by Charles A. Keberly, 9162 Hartel, Livonia, Michigan 48150.
Bill Burris, who has appeared with us for the past 20 years, was present and conducted the popular Friday night old fiddlers contest, and two stage shows and square dance on Saturday.
Demonstrations of wheat-threshing, baling, shingle making, saw milling, and fan operation were given hourly throughout both days. We are indebted to the Lee Miller family, who furnished the four loads of wheat for the threshing. And the 110 Case was on hand to show how a Baker fan can run.
Good food was available on the grounds at three locations, so no one had to go away hungry. Twice each day, those who packed the bleachers were treated to a parade of all engines, tractors, horses and antique cars and trucks. A handmade quilt auction was conducted on Saturday for the benefit of Mars Home for Children. The flea market continues to be very popular with the crowds. Steam models and gas tractors and engines were in plentiful supply. So many demonstrations and novel things to see meant that one really has to be present to know about everything that was shown.
President Nello Mungai and show manager Craig Kern worked tirelessly to assure us of a very successful outing for this year. The officers and directors are pleased with the splendid attendance and interest shown, and wish to thank all who came for their continued support. Plans are already underway for next year at the same location on September 16 and 17, 1983.