Another year’s flown by and it was time again for the CVAEMA’s Winter Banquet. We all gathered at Solomon’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 25th. Although the sign-up sheet said doors open at 5:30, by that time the gym was already filled with chatting people. Seems like the engine/tractor crowd is always very early for their events. Alex Baker started the evening promptly at 6:00 p.m., thanking everyone for coming. A blessing was given by Joel Nupp and off to the food tables we went.
As always, the ladies and gentlemen from the church provided a delicious meal; chicken, meatballs, potatoes, green beans, creamed lettuce, pies and ice cream. A comment was heard from one member that the reason they come to the banquet is for the chicken! By 6:30 the last of the people were passing through the food lines.
After dinner, President Alex presented club highlights of the past year along with coming attractions which include a new construction project behind the “C. V. Engine House” engine building in the woods. He also put the word out for the upcoming elections in March and made an invitation for nominations to the various board positions including vice president and two board members at large. He recognized Joe and Cindy Pyles for the multitude of jobs they perform for the club. The Bill Swailes “gadget” mentioned in the last newsletter turned out to be a potato peeler, although someone suggested that it was Bill’s school project from 1917.
Entertainment provided by the Chambersburg High School Steel Band was quite a hit! They had the audience members throwing their hands up in the air to the music. The evening ended with giving away the centerpieces. Thanks to everyone for a great evening of fellowship and fun. See you next year! (the ladies are serving that chicken again, right??)
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The Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest was held September 26-28, 2019 at the host farm of Wayne and Bradley Beidel of Newburg, PA. CVAEMA once again sponsored the “Grinder Winder”, a learning station on the walking tour which consisted of 15 hand corn shellers provided by Bill Swailes.
Approximately 2,400 fourth graders passed through on Thursday and Friday, each able to hand grind an ear of corn after hearing an informative speech by Dale Happel. Dale interacted with the kids talking about corn and the products made from it.
Saturday it was open to the public and was another busy day. Good weather, help from Vo-Ag students, and help from club members helped to make this 29th annual event a success.
Twenty one people turned out for the 2019 tractor ride on June 9, 2019. We heard several reports about what a good, relaxed time they had traveling from the showgrounds, out Peckman Drive and around Edenville, stopping for a photo shoot at Mt. Olivet Church. The skies were threatening so the group decided to short cut the ride and head back to the showgrounds a bit sooner than they would have liked but that’s what June in PA is like sometimes!
In total they road for two hours. Thank you to all who participated and to John Bricker for leading the way.
CVAEMA’s annual Winter Banquet was held Saturday, January 26th at Solomon’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chambersburg. The gymnasium was noisy as everyone was socializing while waiting for the program to begin. At 6:00 pm President Jack Horner got the banquet underway and after the blessing by Pastor Joel Nupp, a delicious meal of chicken, meatballs, potato casserole, peas, carrots, creamed lettuce, pie and ice cream was served by the church.
After everyone had eaten their fill (someone was seen eating three bowls of creamed lettuce…you know who you are!), President Horner reviewed this past year’s projects at the club grounds. Vice President Alex Baker recognized the leadership, board of directors and the many other people who make the shows run smoothly. Treasurer Cindy Stratton spoke on the financial highlights of this past year. She noted that Doc Stratton was the clubs treasurer from 1995 until this past year. Much appreciation for all the work and time he gives to the club.
A group from the Chambersburg FFA gave a nice presentation of their tractor rebuild of a MF65. Historian Stephen Piper encouraged everyone to check out the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York, PA. He also presented anniversary walking sticks to two more founding members that hadn’t received one last year.
Carl and Lily Fahnestock provided the entertainment for the evening. A very nice evening was had by all and it was great to see so many members attending.
Click here to check out the photo gallery from this year’s Winter Banquet.
Randy and Edie Quinby, owners of Twin Bridge Campgrounds, graciously shared these aerial shots of the CVAEMA showgrounds taken during an August show. Quite a birds-eye view!
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There’s lots of things going on in this neighborhood. CVAEMA continues to spruce up the showgrounds and we saw a post recently that Twin Bridge Campground is adding some awesome kids playground equipment!
Contact them now to rent your camping spaces for the 2019 show weekends: April 27-28 and August 9-11. www.twinbridgecampground.com.
The 28th Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest hosted by Robert Musser and his daughter Faith at the Musser Farm on Pinola Road, Shippensburg in September 2018.
The Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association had a learning station “Grinder Winder”. Dale Happel gave a presentation to each group explaining corn must be removed from the cob for the grain to be used for human food and products made with corn.
Bill Swailes brought his hand corn shellers which provided the children a hands-on demonstration, as each child and adult got to shell their own ear of corn under the watchful eye of volunteers from the club.
The corn was furnished by Franklin Feed.
124 people attended CVAEMA’s annual banquet on January 27, 2018. Solomons Church prepared an excellent meal, as always, followed by homemade pie and ice cream for dessert. President Randy Geist emceed the evening welcoming everyone and cracking a couple jokes.
After dinner, Randy & Edie Gimby, new owners of Twin Bridge Campground, shared a bit about the future of our neighboring campground. They have exciting plans for the property and invite everyone to a meet and greet on March 3, 2018 at Crider’s Church. For years families attending our shows have camped at Twin Bridge’s. It’s great to know the Gimby’s will continue the tradition.
Doc Stratton, treasurer, shared a bit about our year financially. More building improvements were made. Equipment purchases include a new French fryer and new ice cream storage freezer.
Stephen Piper, “The Old Historian”, shared stories about how the club came to be. Each founding member was presented with hand carved walking sticks carved by Stephen himself. The club’s celebrated its 35th year. Each stick read “CVAEMA 1983-2017” in honor of this anniversary.
Bill and Anna Swailes brought a feed bag display and shared stories of Anna and her sister running to meet the feed man. Each wanted to be the first to pick out the patterns they liked best. Farm ladies of those times used the feed bag fabric to make things like dresses, bonnets and aprons. Bill talked too about club members helping club members and this is one of the things that knit us together as a family. By the way, if you happen to see Randy Geist or Clarence Dice, ask them about the day the barrel of sand rolled off the truck!
We enjoyed some great county music by Shayne Carmack after which Perry Tressler wrapped up the evening with a story about growing up on their farm with a crazy rooster.
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Founding members present for this evening:
Stan “Doc” Stratton
I wonder how many people can remember how the spring engine show came about. Long before we had a club, show grounds or even an annual show, there were a local group of folks who were restoring and showing old iron. It was a small gang of men and their wives who attended and exhibited at the small local shows. In the early spring, we would pick a location to have a swap and sell. People would bring piles of treasures from their sheds, garages and barns. Old iron would be thrown out on the ground, tailgates and tables. It was great to wander around and think of all the things you could do with the parts and pieces.
The first location was in the lower field of Twin Bridges Campground. Sadly, there was very little participation so it was decided to move behind the Fayetteville Antique Mall and Flea Market. Better results were found there. As our club was being formed, the location moved back to the lower field of Twin Bridges Campground. When we acquired our current show grounds, the swap moved up the hill.
The auction was originally held during the summer show. Because of the extensive amount of activities during the summer show, it was decided to move the auction to the spring show. As time passes the spring showhas developed into what we see today. The photos are from the early swap and sells. See if you recognize any of the young gents prowling through the goodies.
Written by Stephen, the old Historian for The Bridge