Days of the Past Show

By John Chobrda
On Sept. 19, 20, & 21 the “Delaware Valley Old Time Power & Equipment Assoc.” held their 26th annual engine and equipment show at Washington’s Crossing State Park (NJ side). This year the NJBA made an appearance, Mike Erdie arraigned and coordinated the demonstration on our behalf. A portable forge, two anvils, and leg vise were set up and a fire was going Saturday and Sunday from ten AM until four PM.

Mike Erdie, Mitch Swirsky, and John Chobrda Forged both Saturday and Sunday, with Larry Fogg joining in on Sunday. There was no lack of power for the forge blower as many of the young lads present wanted to help. One young man had fun forging a couple of hooks. All in all it was a nice two days and the weather really cooperated.

For those of you unfamiliar with this show, it is an annual three-day event that is really family orientated. There are antique cars, motorcycles, trucks, tractors, and hit or miss engines on display. Many of the old engines are running and powering antique equipment. In the afternoon there is a parade of antique tractors. For the kids there is a hayride, and this year they had a “pedal” tractor pull. Food, ice cream and cold drinks are available as well as a band. Best of all, for us rusty iron folk, there is a flea market as well.