Tom Rohrich, slow tractor slow race winner, displays his ribbon at last summer's Georgetown, Ohio show.
2277 Berry Road, Amelia, Ohio 45102.
Knowing I am interested in machinery and the way tasks were done
years ago, my brother-in-law mentioned in August, 1971, that there
was a machinery show in Georgetown, Ohio. Unknown to me at the time
was how, as time progressed, this antique machinery show would
become more important and even the highlight of the year in my
life. It was important not only to me, but to many other people, as
the history of the machinery shows that have sprung up all over the
country since then testifies.
Many people are like myself: if there is going to be a great
gathering of people, I go the other way. You do not feel
comfortable in crowds, do not trust the association of people you
do not know. It seems there are people out in this world who are
bent to do other people harm. But I was pleasantly surprised to
find the atmosphere congenial, friendly, and even helpful-just the
opposite of my expectations.
If there were any trouble, you would not have known it because
the directors of the show just will not permit troublemakers or
problems to interfere with the reunion and the enjoyment of
At the last reunion, a fellow telephoned from Wasilla, Alaska,
about six weeks in advance and wanted to make arrangements for a
space. He had some stationary engines for sale and some just to
show. Well, you can't please everyone but the directors sure
try. The directors told him to 'come on down'! They fixed
him up with a space in such a way he could show his engines off and
still be able to sell his wood carvings and engines.
He told me he thought the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show was
the friendliest gathering he had been to; he really enjoyed
himself. He said one day he had to leave his engines and carvings
unattended for a short time and when he came back he noticed
someone had taken one of his carvings while he was gone and put the
money under one of the other carvings. What a group of people to be
around! I met up with him at another show. He said he would be back
next year and that the Georgetown Show was the most friendly
experience of all the gatherings he's been to.
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