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Sept. 9, 2016

Antique Engine Shows Celebrate Oswego County's Rural Heritage -

Old Engines and Tractors Will Run Again Weekend of Sept. 16 - 18

OSWEGO COUNTY - The fascinating world of rural farm life, old tractors and antique farm implements will be brought to life Sept. 16 through 18 at antique engine shows in Bernhard's Bay and Sandy Creek.

The 14th annual Oneida Lake Ole Tymers Antique Engine Tractor Show takes place Friday morning through Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16 through 18, at the Dave C. Webb Memorial Park on state Route 49, overlooking Oneida Lake in the hamlet of Bernhard's Bay.

Show organizer Mark Congden of Central Square says the event is a collection of "everything to do with old tractors, old farm things, and the old ways of doing things." Visitors can watch how butter and ice cream were made and see how household tasks were accomplished with old steam and gasoline engines.

Congden said he inherited a love of old farm engines and antiques from his father, Roger, and he is following his father's footsteps in sharing his appreciation of the old ways of doing things.

Several vendors and dealers will be on hand to buy and sell old parts and tools. Crafts and a variety of flea market items will also be sold . Barbecued chicken will be available Saturday and Sunday and a variety of other food items will be available all weekend. Admission is free. The show opens Friday morning and runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p .m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For information call Congden at 315-708-2214 or email oneidalakelogger@aol.com.

Meanwhile up at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek, the 11th annual Crank It Up! Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18. Admission is by donation. Parking is free.

The show features antique engine demonstrations and a variety of activities and games for children. Several equipment competitions are scheduled including an antique tractor pull at 8:30 a.m., pedal pull at 1 p.m. and garden tractor pull at 4 p.m. Saturday. A street legal truck pull is scheduled for noon on Sunday.

"Our show is a family-friendly event that features vintage farm machinery, crafts, music, and traditional agricultural activities from the rural North Country," said show organizer Doreen Macklen. "It's a heritage show and tell. It's our goal to offer a variety of activities for every member of the family to enjoy."

New to the event this year is a "silly lap dog circus." Visitors are invited to bring their dogs and compete for ribbons in "best singer," "best trick," "best dressed," "best puppy," "best kisser" and dog that looks most like its owner. Free samples of dog treats will be available.

Lone Cow Poke Doug Corey of the Circle C Ranch in Phoenix will return to the Sandy Creek fairgrounds with his authentic living history display. Goats and alpacas and a variety of activities for children will also entertain visitors.

Other events include the FFA chicken barbecue, craft vendors and refreshments. For more information, visit https://www.crankituptractorshow.com/home/.

For visitor information, go to visitoswegocounty.com.

A variety of old working tractors and farm implements, like this John Deere "A" running an ensilage chopper with a flat belt, will be demonstrated at antique engine shows in Sandy Creek and Bernhard's Bay in Oswego County the weekend of Sept. 16 through 18. (Photo courtesy of Doreen Macklen).

Farm engines similar to this United engine were a source of power in rural America for generations. Hundreds of similar models will be displayed at the Ole Tymers Antique Engine Show in Bernhard's Bay Sept. 16 - 18. (Photo courtesy of Mark Congden).

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