Crowds gather in spite of rain
Organizers said a soggy Saturday drew fewer participants and vendors this time around but many still turned out to see the antique farm machines in motion. President Junior Toland said less than 3,000 attended the festivities because of the rain, but the event wasn’t a washout.
Also during the weekend of Sept. 8-9 mammoth machines were on parade during the Ninth Annual Old Mining and Equipment Show.
Heavy rain hindered part of the weekend and resulted in a lower turnout, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the participants on hand. All ages showed up to view about a half-dozen earthmovers, such as draglines, dozers and shovels, plus other large trucks in static and mobile displays while photographs of such mining jewels as the Mountaineer, Silver Spade and Gem of Egypt were exhibited.
Pictured above, Craig Kingery, of the Harrisville area, takes pictures of his family while his 5-year-old son, Julian, entertains himself inside the bucket of the Silver Spade during the Ninth Annual Old Mining and Equipment Show near New Athens. The family was on hand to watch grandfather Chuck Shields operate some of the earth-moving machines.
Read a full account of these events in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.