| January/February 1980

1844 Gaylord Drive, Akron, Ohio 44320

The Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Association, Inc. held its 16th annual show and reunion at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds at Dover, Ohio on August 17,18, and 19,1979. Despite heavy rains early Saturday morning and lighter showers on Sunday at the end of the church services, the spirits of the attending public were not dampened. The total count of people through the gate for three days was 7,000, and no one seemed to mind the mud too much.

The show opened on Friday with 21 traction engines; 3 portable engines; 5 scale engines (from which 1 inch to the foot to a half scale); 8 stationary steam engines (3 to 50 HP); 24 running steam models on the steam tables plus one gasoline model; 4 steam locomotives under construction; a 1 inch to 1 foot steam locomotive and cars. A 12 inch sawmill was operated by a model portable steam engine. Also in the infield with the big power were 2 very old threshing machines which threshed wheat on Saturday and Sunday and a portable hay baler that baled the straw as soon as it came out of the separators.

A 54 inch sawmill was busy all three days. A 40 inch combination shingle and sawmill, a shingle mill, an ensilage cutter, 3 Baker fans, a D.C. generator for engine loads, a shrouded fan, a horse-drawn wagon, 4 tractor drawn water wagons, and 3 buzz saws cutting slabs for engine fuel rounded out the infield equipment.

In the other areas two grist mills were busy grinding corn, wheat and buckwheat which sold very well. A steam and an air calliope furnished music throughout the show. Sixty-three gasoline and kerosene burning tractors added their color to the show and were belted up to most of the equipment. In the gas engine area there were 141 entries from ? to 50 HP. A large flea market had about anything you could want, while the arts and crafts building was full of beautiful exhibits. The women's auxiliary sold food and the clubs' cups and plates.

Friday evening we had a slow engine and block race and also an obstacle race for the rubber-tired tractors. At 8:00 P.M. we had our first antique tractor pull for entertainment only and it was a huge success. After the tractors were through five traction engines tried their hand and under the dark skies and overhead lighting made a sight to remember. A wet track forced cancellation of the Saturday evening parade of engines and tractors. At 8:00 P.M. there was an old time fiddlers contest which kept things hopping until 11:00 P.M.