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CONSTABLEVILLE – It may not have been as crowded as in previous years, but members of the Flywheels & Pulleys Club were happy to once again host the Old Time Gas Engines, Tractors and Truck Show over the weekend .
“We had a lot of help coming back,” said club public relations president Olga J. Miller, noting there’s been more exposure this year.
Edward Davis, field manager for the event, said they were pleased with the crowd.
“The weather and the lack of COVID helped,” he said. “It’s great for all ages. The flea market offers a variety of items – toys for children and things for adults.
“It’s been good,” said Lance H. Blood of Rome, president of the Flywheels and Pulleys Club. “We weren’t expecting a lot of decline for two years, but we’re close to what we had in 2019.”
There were a variety of tractors and engines.
William L. Mack of Croghan brought his “composite” tractor.
“It’s kind of a Heintz 57,” he said, noting that the tractor had been a work in progress since the early 1960s. “It has a Continental engine, a transmission from a ’35 Ford and from a ’47 Chevy and a two-ton Chevy differential.The axle is from my grandfather’s 1938 McCormick Deering.
The tractor owner said the engine originally had a crank and Mr. Blood helped him replace the crank with a starter.
Mr Mack said he had attended the event for years to watch the tractors pull and attend the flea market, but this was the first time he had shown his tractor.
Dale Brown of West Winfield was another newbie bringing in six- and four-horsepower engines, which were used for various agricultural applications such as corn threshing in the early 1900s before tractors came into use.
“They were the first power stations,” Mr Brown said.
He said he had attended the event before because of his interest in machines.
“It’s been a bit slow this year,” he said. “The younger generation doesn’t have the knowledge. It was passed down to me by my father. »
A 1920s or 1930s 25 horsepower top oil field engine owned by Steven Congden of West Edmeston attracted a lot of attention from attendees.
“You don’t see big ones like this often,” he said.
Another attraction was the working 1940s sawmill that club members have used over the years to create lumber to construct many of the buildings on club grounds.
A small group gathered to watch club members place a large log on the tram which carried it through the rotary saw to cut it into planks.
Jay Bigarbel of the town of Fowler brought some of his chainsaw collection for sale.
“I’ve been coming since 1980,” he said, noting that he previously sold blacksmith items and handmade benches.
Participant Cory Grenier from Port Leyden said he tries to come every year.
“It’s a good time – lots to see,” he said. “I came to check the random engines.”
The three-day event also featured tractor pulls, performances by The Country Cloggers, dances on both nights by The Streeters, chainsaw carving, a greased horizontal pole contest, calliope music, chicken barbecue, garden tractor pull, three legged racing, watermelon eating contest and ladies fry pan toss.
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