The NW Old Iron Club hosted its 15th show this past weekend. The show was also chosen as the NW Regional show for this year, the second time that the club has hosted it.
The NW Old Iron Club is a branch of the National Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association (EDGE&TA). The purpose of the organization is to encourage interest in restoring, preserving and showing: historical gasoline and oil engines, gas and diesel and steam tractors, power driven farm machinery, as well as other equipment that may be of historical value.
Visitors to this year's show were greeted with the pitter patter of a variety of small engines that were set up by several exhibitors. Some merely had the engine running, while others had elaborate set ups, including a shower and a large drinking fountain. Other equipment on display varied from hand operated grinders, survey equipment, farm and logging equipment, as well as other antique equipment. A car show was hosted on Saturday.
Several tractors were also on display; some large, some small, all of different ages and manufacturers. Classic John Deere tractors even made it to the show. A parade was held every day all weekend to showcase the tractors.
Blacksmith demonstrations were also on site! Using the same equipment his Great Grandfather used in the 1890s, local Herman Doty worked on a variety of pieces while at the show. Doty is the owner of Ringing Anvil Design LLC. They are located in Rockaway at the Washed Ashore Arts, Crafts, & More.
This year's show included a special exhibit: A 1921 Nichols & Shepard 16-50 Steam Traction Engine.
As this year's show winds down, the current event planners will be stepping down from their rolls. They are hoping that people in the community will be able to step up and help organize the show for years to come.
More information can be found at the EDGETA, NW Old Iron Club page.