By Lea Kimley, OCJ field reporter
The Memorial Day weekend was marked with a tradition of traditions at the Shelby County Fairgrounds with the 29th Annual Buckeye Farm Antique, Inc. Show.
“From 1 to 101 there is something for everyone,” said Ester Geyer, the event coordinator. “There are nearly 500 antique tractors to see, free comedy entertainment, flea market hunting, and tractor pulls.”
International Harvester Chapter 6 was celebrating 25 years. The club originally formed at the antique show. Dennis Wilson, member secretary, brought a unique international truck that was built in Ohio at the Springfield plant. He will travel a few more places this summer anticipating the restoration of another one of his prized processions. Wilson has been an active member of the club for 15 years.
“These shows are great because of the people,” Wilson said. “That’s my favorite part.”
There were a few new attractions at this year’s show. Both a wood carver and blacksmith ventured to Sidney and had interesting stories to tell. Dayle Lewis, wood carver, has been perfecting his sculptures for 20 years. His business grew to chainsaw carving as soon as he tried the craft for a Christmas present.
Jack Howison, blacksmith, was inspired when seeing a fellow blacksmith’s craftsmanship. Howison eventually learned more about the Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil (SOFA) and became a member. There are 900 members making it the largest blacksmith organization in the world. Lewis and Howison both turned their enjoyable hobbies into a thriving business. There was a lot of excitement for these new additions to the show.
Every tractor sitting on the fairgrounds embodied a unique story. Three generations of the Luedeke Family exhibited a John Deere antique tractor at the show. There were rows upon rows of antique tractors in every shape, size, and color. However, all the owners shared the same appreciation for the hobby. It is the personal connection to the craft and the tradition that has kept everyone coming back for 29 years.