| January/February 1964

The Williams Grove Steam Engine Association Meet, Held August 25 through Dabor Day, in connection with the Annual Granger's Picnic, attracted more viewers this year than ever before. An estimated 125,000 persons visited the show grounds and viewed exhibits that included steam traction engines, gas tractors, old horse-drawn vehicles, ancient automobiles, portable gas engines and many other objects of interest.

A daily parade featuring the 24 steam traction engines, plus 21 assorted old-time gas tractors and Oil Pull tractors evoked much favorable comment. Other attractions included a large museum building filled with antique farm furnishings, an operating model railroad and other items. The railroad division, operating two steam locomotives over about 800 feet of track hauled in excess of 7000 passengers, while the saw mill demonstrations not only drew crowds of spectators, but also actually turned out several orders for rough-cut lumber and the Thresher men, with their rigs, produced several hundred bushels of grain for domestic consumption.

At the conclusion of the show plans for further expansion next year were announced and approved by the directors, including completion of a major portion of the projected railroad, the erection of an engine house and shop building, plus other structures for the exhibition and protection of existing equipment.


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