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May 18, 2014

Ash. Co. Antique Engine Club 2014 season now in full swing

WAYNE TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club kicked off its 2014 season last weekend.

The club has a full line-up of events scheduled for the coming months including the Native American Festival, the club’s 33rd Annual Show, a Bluegrass Festival,  Arts and Crafts Fair, Lakelands Region Annual Car Show and the annual Fall Show.

This year’s Native American Festival will be held June 20 through June 22. It is hosted by the Eastern Lenape Indian Nation. The weekend will be full of Native American Indian traditions, ceremonies, dances, history lessons, storytelling, food, artifacts, music and other Native American items.

The club’s annual three-day show will once again be held July 4, 5 and 6. This year’s show will feature Canadian Built Tractors and Engines. The show will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 4 and 5 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6.

There is a $5 donation for admittance each day. Exhibitors, club members and children under age 12 are admitted for free. Friday will be senior citizen day with reduced gate admission. Friday will also play host to youth day as well as the garden tractor pull.

Saturday and Sunday will feature games, parades and antique tractor pulls.

The show is a continuous display of tractors, gas engines, antique cars and trucks, blacksmithing, wood carving, sawmill, planning, shingle mill, crafts, flea market, music and so much more.

Food will be served all three days of the show including the famous Dinner Bell Suppers on Friday and Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 15 and 16 will play host to the annual Bluegrass Festival with continuous bluegrass music all weekend. Several bands will be featured both days.

The show goes on rain or shine under a big top tent. Food will be available until 9 p.m. The festival will run Aug. 15 from 6 p.m. to midnight and Aug. 16 from noon to midnight.

The annual Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Aug. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Andover United Methodist Church. There is a $3 donation for admittance to the show. A number of vendors will be on hand offering a wide variety of hand-crafted items.

The Antique Automobile Club of America Lakelands Region Annual Car Show will be held Sept. 14.

The event will feature several classes, a swap meet, crafts, collectibles and displays. A donation is asked for admission to the show with children under 12 being free.

Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be a $6 registration fee. Food will be available all day.

The club’s season will conclude Sept. 20 with the 7th Annual Fall Show. This is a one-day show and two-day flea market.

There is a $3 donation for admittance to the show on Saturday. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature displays, food, crafts and the flea market.

The Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club was founded by a relatively small group of people who had a passion or, as some might say, an obsession with antique machinery.  

The club now has more than 600 members and continues to grow each year. The club provides a place for all ages to visit the mechanical heritage of rural America.

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