I wanted to thank-you for posting this before the show. I had heard about it, but didn't really know when it was. I took the day off work yesterday and had a FANTASTIC time over there.
The noon parade took about 2 hours. It started off with two rows of horses, then a row of steam and a row of gasoline at the same time. I sat in the sun right down at the dirt and had to wipe off the soot and grime afterwards, it was perfect.
I spent a fair time watching the circle sawmill. What a mix of sight, sound, and smell. When the top blade starting cutting, the steam traction engine would get the greatest deep thump to it. I didn't get there till around 9:30 am and I think it was that coal fired engine that I saw about 7 or 8 miles from town. It sure sent up a big column of black when the load stepped up.
The rotary veneer mill made really fast work of the 20-24"" poplar logs. They took it easy, but still had to walk at a pretty fair rate to pull the veneer off. I really had a good laugh as people gathered around and took pictures of a piece of lead shot that was about 5" in from the middle. I bet that photo of a 1/8" diameter lead shot in a piece of wet veneer really left something to be desired when they got home. They probably won't remember what that photo even is.
But the laugh was on me, I forgot the camera. You'll have to take my word on all this.
There was a huge Case traction engine there. It had three rows of steel rod to reinforce the width of the huge rear steel rims. The tractors that really impressed me were a couple of HUGE Avery tractors with some giant gas engines. The back wheels had to be 7' in diameter. I think those engines are basically like the hit or miss design.
Speaking of hit or miss, there must have been a thousand of them!!!!!
The one bit of modern tech there was a Blockbuster firewood processor. Kinda smiled though when I saw the dump truck take a big loop and dump over by the steam guys. They were going through that hard maple pretty fast feeding those 50 or so traction engines. Some were using coal though.
I didn't get to see it all, but I sure will be there next year. I kinda ran out of steam after 6 hours. It should be a must see for anyone with an eye for great old engineering and machinery. It was a really great day.