The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

July 8, 2013


Enthusiasm shared by all cultures at Antique Engine Club

Star Beacon

WAYNE TOWNSHIP — Anyone who visits the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club’s grounds is sure to find something that interests them.

Whether it’s antique engines or historical memorabilia, there is truly something for everyone. The club hosted its annual three-day show this weekend, wrapping up yet another successful year on Sunday.

“We had a great weekend,” said Hank Lipps, interim club president. “It really surprised us.”

With the threat of rain in the forecast all weekend, Lipps said the club was lucky the foul weather passed by.

“Saturday was awesome,” he said. “We parked cars every possible place we could park a car.”

Lipps said luckily there seemed to be a steady flow of people leaving as more were coming so they could accommodate the traffic.

In its 32nd year, the show featured a continuous display of tractors, gas engines, steam engines, antique cars and trucks, working demonstrations of blacksmithing and shingle making, a running sawmill and an old time country store. The show also featured crafts, a large flea market, parades, tractor pulls, music and much more. The club’s two museums, the Agricultural Heritage Museum and the Railroad Museum were also open during the show.

“The flow of people in the Agricultural Heritage Museum was constant,” Lipps said.

People came from as far as Georgia to attend the show this year, he said. There was also a large number of visitors from the Amish community in attendance this year.

“I think it’s great that our two cultures can co-exist,” Lipps said. “We share enthusiasm for the same things. I was really pleased to see them here.”

One of the events that always draws a crowd is the annual Pymatuning Valley FFA pie auction. Lipps said there were as many pies as ever this year.

“I think the highest pie sold for $348,” he said. “The FFA kids park cars so we want them to have a successful auction.”

Lipps said the unique thing about the show is it doesn’t just attract people that are interested in antiques or history.

“People enjoy our grounds,” he said. “We try to have something for everyone.”

The club also has a number of unique items on display it has taken in as donations. One of the more unusual items the club recently received is a 1840s or 1850s doctor’s examination table, which was possibly also a birthing table, said Ed Wharton, past club president.

“It’s pre-Civil War era,” he said. “It’s all original and really a great museum piece. This is what brings people here.”

Wharton said the table is just one example of the types of unusual items donated to the club. The club also has a large display of 1920s dentistry equipment. Wharton said hopefully one day the grounds will have a dentist’s office building to display the equipment in.

“If someone comes here and doesn’t go away with an education, they’re not looking,” he said.