2012-10-17 / Local & State

GSR Tractor And Engine Show Brings Back The Past

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In October 2011 Grease, Steam and Rust Association brought back many of the original events and activities to its annual show. Admission was reduced to $2; the children’s pedal pull, which had been absent for a number of years, was back in the Saturday schedule, and due to popular demand, was held again on Sunday. Up on machinery hill, the guys expanded the demonstrations by bringing out several of GSR’s stored pieces. Included were a rock crusher, an ensilage cutter and a husker shredder, sawmill and a planer, operating for a standing room-only crowd both days. The featured Allis Chalmers group displayed 87 tractors, an Allis Chalmers golf cart, a 6-wheel amphibious vehicle called a Terra-Gator, dealer items and several displays of Allis Chalmers farm toys.

Saturday’s events included lawn mower racing, a farm stock tractor pull, and the crowd-pleasing shower of sparks during the annual steam engine pull, with three engines participating. Sunday, the antique and classic tractor pull was held as in early years. By all accounts, the crowd, our exhibitors, vendors and our members were very pleased with the 2011 show. The members decided after the success of last year’s show, they were going to do it one better. The $2 admission remains, and the activity list is even longer.

The feature for this year is Ford tractors and equipment. The antique tractor raffle started by GSR in 1980 is back for 2012. The equipment crew has completely overhauled a 1951 FORD 8N in preparation for the Sunday drawing. Tickets will be available all weekend. With the success of last year’s pedal pull, it too will be returning for this year’s show. Several colors of pedal tractors have been prepped and are ready for kids of all ages for not one but two pedal pulls to be held in the FFA building livestock arena Saturday and Sunday. Another new activity for this year is the “KID ZONE,” featuring a petting zoo, games, activities and a sand box or rather corn box complete with toys to play in. The “Kid Zone” will also be in the 4H FFA building. The flea market had shrunk in past years, but a new vendor committee has more than 150 vendor spaces rented for 2012. The pulling track will be a busy place with 4X4 pickups and semitrucks pulling Friday evening, Hot Stock tractors and steam engines pull Saturday evening, and the antique tractor pull gets under way Sunday at 11 a.m.

The farm toy show is held in the “Bunny Barn” all three days. Starting time for the farm toy show is 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday, until the crowd is gone each day. The 32nd annual Grease Steam and Rust Association Show will be held October 19-21 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in McConnellsburg, Pa. The main street parade held in conjunction with the Fulton Fall Folk Festival starts Saturday at 10:30, rain or shine.

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