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June 22, 2014

Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club hosts 33rd Annual Big Show

WAYNE TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club will be hosting its 33rd Annual Big Show starting Friday, July 4 at the club grounds, 4026 St. Rt. 322.  

The Show runs through Sunday, July 6.  This is a fun family-friendly event for the entire family and is one of Ashtabula County’s premier events drawing in people from all over the tri-state area and from across the country.  

Canadian built tractors and engines will be featured this year and members who are dedicated to preserving the past for the future will be showcasing all kinds of tractors, equipment, and engines.   ACAEC prides itself on offering one of the best shows/festivals in the county as well as one of the best engine shows nationwide and first time visitors always seem to be amazed at all the club has to offer.

While the club holds several events between May and October, the July show is the club’s biggest event running a full three days.  It is a jam-packed weekend.  The show is a continuous display of tractors, gas engines, steam engines, antique cars and trucks, working demonstrations of blacksmithing, shingle making, plus there is a running sawmill, a one-room school house, and an old time country store.  

The show offers crafts, a large flea market, parades, tractor pulls, music, and so much more.  It has something to offer everyone in the family.  The club’s two museums, the Agricultural Heritage Museum and the P&LE Railroad Museum, housed in the passenger depot which was moved to the grounds from Andover, will be open during the show along with all the other display buildings.

Friday morning the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department will offer breakfast or maybe biscuits and gravy or corn beef hash made by ACAEC’s own kitchen staff.  They will be offering their specialty – fresh baked cinnamon rolls each morning.   

Friday will be Senior Citizen Day with reduced gate donations for friends 60 or older.  Activities are planned on Friday afternoon for all youth 16 and under as well.  The club will serve a Dinner Bell Supper starting at 4:30 p.m. and will continue serving until sold out.  The Ground Pounders will be holding a garden tractor pull starting at 6 p.m.

Enjoy breakfast again on Saturday.  The line-up begins with a kiddy pedal tractor pull for all children 8 and under at 10 a.m., a parade at 1 p.m. followed by an antique tractor pull.  

Next up is the annual FFA pie auction which starts at 4 p.m.  The Dinner Bell Supper begins at 5 p.m. and a concert by Red Dust Mountain Boys begins at 5:30 p.m.  

Rounding out all these activities are the many displays, demonstrations, and music entertainment going on throughout the day.  There will also be three seminars in the Passenger Railroad Depot on Saturday.

At 11 a.m., David Marrison and Les Ober of the OSU Extension Office will present Farm and Tractor Safety.  At 2 p.m., Dave Kostansek, club member and antique car & tractor restorer, will demonstrate how to prepare and paint tractors.  Finally, at 3 p.m. Bill Klein, of Sandy Lake Implement, will explain how to repair starters and generators.

Dan Schall will be in concert for Sunday morning church services at 9 a.m. Schall, a gospel singer from Zelienople, Pa., has been doing this for the club for more than 25 years.  

Sunday’s parade begins at 1 p.m. and another tractor pull will follow. The weekend activities end with the winners being drawn of four prizes in the club’s show raffle. First prize this year is a restored 1949 Massey-Harris Pony tractor and an International LB engine will be the second prize in the drawing.  

The public is invited to come out and have a fun-filled day or make it a full weekend.  Quench those hunger pains with some delicious food starting with breakfast on Friday morning through the last of the homemade pie on Sunday afternoon served at the Kitchen Pavilion. There are food stands manned by the Wayne Volunteer Fire Department and the Laker Ruritans Club and homemade bean soup is offered at the Bean Soup Shack by the Trumbull County Tractor Club.  

Enjoy some homemade ice cream, made with a John Deere hit-and-miss engine run ice cream churn at the Stineman’s Ice Cream Stand.  Don’t forget the Dinner Bell Suppers, complete with beverage and dessert, sell out quickly.  

Watch the many demonstrations going on throughout the grounds and browse the large flea market.  

Everyone is invited to attend.  Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  The club asks for a $5 donation for admission to the show. Children under 12 are free.  

The grounds are located on Rt. 322 in Wayne Township, 3 1/2-miles east of Route 11 or 5-miles west of the Pennsylvania border. For more information, please visit the club’s website at

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