GEORGETOWN — Thousands braved through the rainy, muggy weather to attend the 2014 Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show from Aug. 7-10.
While no numbers have been released, multiple directors of the Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show LLC called this year’s event a “record year,” with participation from all across the region, as well as the participation of chapter six of the National International Harvesters Collectors Club.
“The weather was fabulous this year for the concerts so that helped us, and the show was special for having chapter six here to bring the International Harvesters Collectors Club into our club,” OVAMS secretary Jeff Smith said.
The event, which takes place on the second weekend of August every year, featured a number of events for visitors throughout the day, as well as a concert on each of the first three evenings.
The Grasstains rocked the main stage on Thursday, Aug. 7, followed by the Smokin’ Ham Band on Aug. 8. Saturday, Aug. 9 featured a trio of performers, starting with Liberty Band, Old Path, and then finishing the day’s events with renowned country music artist Chris Higbee.
In addition to the concerts, visitors had a chance to inspect a number of antique tractors and vintage farm machines, dating all the way back to the early twentieth century. There was also a working saw mill, a flea market, a tractor pull and old time village set up, and a parade on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
“I had over 100 flea marketers and the craft barn was full of artists with their crafts,” Vice President and Director Wanda Griffith said. “(The visitors) seemed to be a buying crowd. Everyone seemed to be happy with what they had, and they seemed to be happy with all the stuff they had.”
Although many of the visitors to the event are starting to show their years, there were still quite a number of young children attending as well as families bringing their kids, to give them a chance to see how antique machinery is operated.
“I think it’s the nostalgia of old time things,” Griffith said in response to why people keep coming back year after year to attend. “Kids love the old stuff and how things work. Kids were weaving in the craft barn and they were just astounded. They were making a rug and they just couldn’t get over making something like that.
“It’s just fun watching the kids get in the old tractors and the old way of doing stuff,” Griffith continued. “They just kind of stand there and think ‘How did they do this years ago and make anything.’ I love the show, even though it’s a lot of work and it’s year-round work, every one of the directors loves it.”
Any money made \goes right back into the event, according to Griffith, and if there is a surplus, then its used to make improvements for next year’s event. When asked why the event was such a rousing success this year, Smith pointed to the multitude of activities for anyone to partake in when they visit.
“We’ve just got such a variety for men and women,” Smith said. “I think that’s why our show is so good.”
Elections were held on Saturday afternoon, and six new directors were elected to new three-year terms; Timothy Smith, Randy Griffith, Wanda Griffith, Kelly Dwyer, Jerry Nause, and Larry Luschek.