Edwards River Antique Engine Fall Show

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
From left: Les Brasmer, Ron Nelson, Deri Wilkins, Paul Schwartzkof, Dale Schwartzkof, Dick McMeekan

The Edwards River Antique Engine Association will hold their annual show at the New Windsor Rodeo Park on September 24-25. The feature engine is a 1925 Stover 1-1/2 hp model KE owned by Les Brasmer of Sherrard, and the tractor is a Nuffield 3/64 owned by Jay Schwartzkopf of Milan. Lesser known brands of tractors are included in the feature series. Anyone who has an unusual machine is encouraged to come and display it.

    Many of the engines are from the early 1900's and have served the original owners well. Today they are running at a much slower speed. This gives the younger generation an opportunity to see what the equipment was like that their ancestors used.

    May of the tractors aren't quite as old as the engines, but the comparison to new tractors shows how far the technology has advanced in the past 70 or 80 years.

    Some of the engines, tractors, and equipment have been repaired enough to run and others have been restored to better than new, with various pieces in stages in between. The goal of the organization is to preserve the past and pass as much knowledge of these machines on to the younger generation as they can.

    Much information is passed back and forth at the show, and everyone is ready to help solve the problems that come up.

    Each day at 1:00 p.m. a threshing demonstration will be held, and at 2:00 p.m. there will be a parade of rust and smoke - but they run! The threshing machine is a mid-1930's model in its original condition. The oats were cut July 19 with an early 1020's McCormick Deering binder and the club members put the bundles into shocks.

    Tractor games - slow race, chain looping, wagon backing and blindfolded driver will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Kid's Pedal Pull will be at noon on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    Gene Benson will have the rope maker and bubble machine in operation both days. There will be a large toy display for everyone to enjoy.

    The flea market is open both days to all vendors, and there is no charge for space to set up. The show grounds has a lot of space, shade and shelter for everyone.

    The gospel group, "Saved by Grace" will provide music Saturday afternoon and will perform the church service Sunday morning at 9:00.

    Food bill be provided by the Boy Scouts, the Sherrard Athletic Booster and the Viola Methodist Church. Breakfast and lunch will be available both days. The boosters will sell Walking Tacos, the Methodists will have pie and ice cream for sale. The Scouts will have their usual breakfast and lunch menus plus funnel cakes.

    A drawing for a pedal fire truck will be at the close of the show Sunday at 4:00 p.m. It is not necessary to be present to win.