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.
Check out the photo gallery to see pictures from this year’s banquet.
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