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,
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.