TUSCARAWAS VALLEY SHOW


| November/December 1980



The Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Association held its 17th annual show on the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover, Ohio, August 15, 16, 17, 1980. The field operations included 18 steam traction engines; 3 portable steam engines with boilers; 72 gasoline and oil burning tractors; 170 stationary gasoline engines, 1/2 to 8 HP; 5 stationary steam engines, 3 to 50 HP; 2 threshing machines; 1 baler; 2 ensilage cutters; 2 grist mills; shingle mill; 54-inch sawmill; horse-drawn water tank wagon; tractor drawn water tanks; tractor drawn fuel supply trailers; 2 buzz saws for cutting engine fuel; D.C. generator and three fans for belt loads; dog powered churn; and the air operated calliope.

Seven scale model steam tractors, 3 portables, and 1 road roller were in operation along with a 12-inch sawmill and a 7 x 8 x 15-inch baler. Two model railroads were a part of the display. Forty-six steam, gas, and hot air engines were working on the benches; also displayed were original and reproduction toy steam engines.

The sales people displayed a variety of arts and crafts, and offered for sale a wide range of merchandise, antique and modern: tools, iron ware, glass, leather goods, machinery parts, jewelry, and power association plates and cups. The food and drink concessions kept the visitors well supplied.

The engine pulls, slow races, and block races staged on Friday and Saturday nights were for entertainment and not for official results. The gas tractors were judged in three classes according to the percent of tractor weight pulled. Under 3500 pounds, Calvin Lillie, 1948 Ford N 121.5%. 3500 to 4500 pounds, Gordon Brothers, 1930 Fordson (Ireland) 134.4%. Over 4500 pounds, John Griffith, 1928 Minneapolis 27-42 174.8%. The weights of the steam tractors were not known, the basis of judging was weight pulled. Clyde Whitmore's 21 HP Baker and Richard Dute's 20 HP Frick tied with 20,000 pounds pulled.

The slow engine races were run with 2 or 3 engines in each race; Elmer Wenger beat Howard Calame; Richard Dute defeated Laurel Runnals; John McDowell won over Jerry Ludwick and Cliff Johnson; Richard Dute won the final contest against Elmer Wenger and John McDowell. Four of the six contestants successfully completed the block race: Howard Calame, 27 seconds; Rev. Lautzenheiser, 36 seconds; Elmer Wenger, 38 seconds, Richard Dute, 50 seconds.

The old time fiddler's contest provided the Saturday evening entertainment after 8:00 P.M.