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Power of the Past directors, officers and officials kept busy Saturday

keeping the flow of traffic into the Decatur County Fairgrounds

running smoothly.

For the 19th time, antique machinery lined the fairgrounds along

with crowds of tractor, steam engine and hit-or-miss enthusiasts.

This year focused upon CO-OP and Cockshutt tractors, which were

produced in the same facilities, as well as Bessemer gas engines

and Keck-Gonnerman steam engines.

Many of the usual food vendors were on hand to keep the crowd fed,

including Fisher’s Homemade Ice Cream and Grateful Grubb

smoked meats. Power of the Past volunteers

were pacing themselves on the delicious food and keeping busy

answering questions and helping visitors find their way around the

sites, sounds and smells of the event.

Some members felt the crowd, including exibitors, was larger than

in past years. They surmised people are looking for things to do

closer to home, giving credit to the local dedication to refurbishing

antique machines and appreciating the machinery that has kept

farms running for generations.

Although it is difficult to determine exact numbers while cars stream

into the parking areas and the event is busily bustling along, official

Carolyn Martin reported hearing no complaints from vendors or

visitors. She also noted there were more campers for the weekend

than in other years. Official Jill Fuel piped up with excitement about

the good local entertainment available each evening.

Yesterday and today rounded out the experience with fairground

cleanup and other closing duties. For a couple weeks, officers will

take a break before beginning the plans for another year. Next year’s

festivities will focus on Allis-Chalmers trctors, Witte gas engines and

Rumely oil pull and steam engines. Before any of that takes place,

however, tractor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to head out at

10 a.m. on October 25 to celebrate Plow Day on the John and Mary

Bennett farm.

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