Route 1, Assaria, Kansas 67416
The Wheat Heritage Engine and Threshing Company, Inc. held an engine and threshing show August 5, 6 and 7, 1977 at Camp Webster, Salina, Kansas. The show was the first one the club could call its own since the founding of the Club in 1973. Prior to this show, the Club has been invited to put on an antique engine show each year at Lehigh, Kansas, on Memorial Day and at Goessel, Kansas, during the County Threshing Days in July. Hopefully, future Salina shows will be possible, making it an annual affair. Also, revenues from these shows could possibly be used to buy a parcel of land near Salina, erect buildings, and as a result, have a permanent show place and storage facility to also be used as a museum of antique farm machinery.
An unusually wet summer plagued this first show, with rain showers both Thursday and Friday nights, making the first two days rather soggy, but the sun died things off enough to thresh and do some plowing Friday, and in spite of the three inches Friday night, it dried off enough to thresh Saturday. Miraculously rain spared the show Saturday night, so Sunday the threshing and straw baling went well. Other special activities included a Saturday evening program by the 'Bluegrass Jayhawkers' and a Sunday morning worship service.
Steam power at the show was represented by a 40 HP Case owned by the club president, Jerry Toews of Goessel, Kansas, a 50 HP Case owned by Kenneth Peterson of Denmark, Kansas, and a half scale Rumely owned by Earl Kuntz and sons of Abilene, Kansas. A number of gas tractors were present three different models of Rumely Oil Pull: 16-30, 15-25, 12-20, a Titan, Allis-Chalmers Model E, two 18-36 Hart Parrs, and several John Deeres and McCormick-Deerings. A slow tractor and hand starting contests kept these relics busy Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Also Wilbert Bartel and sons from Hillsboro, Kansas, brought one of the highlights of the show, their M & W dynamometer, which they connected to a pulley setup. All throughout the show the different tractors belted up to the contraption to see how much horsepower they could crank out. About 65 small gas engines were present, Fairbanks-Morse, Monitor, Olds, and Witte were just a few of the many different makes represented. Wood and silage cutting were demonstrated in this area.
In the automotive line, Dale Chizek and son of Agenda, Kansas, brought their finely restored 1917 Republic truck, and Sunday, three Model A Fords toured the show.
The rainy weather had its effect on the spectators as by a Saturday night tally, only 400 had paid admission. But Sunday with its beautiful weather, literally 'saved the show' as about 825 paid admission. These figures do not take in the exhibitors who numbered about 100 and were admitted free. Money-wise the club passed the break even point on expenses and even made a little profit.
This first show, all things considered, even the poor weather, turned out very well. Complaints were few and things as a whole ran smoothly. So the club would like to thank all those who came and participated and would like to extend an invitation to come again next year, the show again being held at Camp Webster, Salina, Kansas, one quarter mile north of the Ohio Street Interchange on Interstate 70, August 11, 12, 13, 1978.