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Editorials, Opinions and Other Stuff Summer plans lead to Field Day fun in 2018    Things are progressing here, slowly by surely. We just talked with Bob Barkwill of Boots and Britches fame. Bob and Rod plan on being with us for the show again this year. It’s always good to hear from our Field Day friends. We have had a busy summer to date. We took our spoon machine to Rassawek’s Spring JubiRockville-Centerville Steam & Gas Historical Assoc. Officers President Joseph E. Liesfeld, III Vice President Terry McNeely Secretary Melinda Gammon Past Presidents Joseph E.Liesfel, Jr. S. Barbie Cox, III Directors Samuel C. Long Pope Reed Special Projects Coordinator Denise Gammon Bookkeeper Joan Lloyd Field Day of the Past welcomes contributions of articles, letters, and photographs. Please send an SASE with your submission if you wish your items returned or email us at fielddayofthepast@gmail. com. The Rockville-Centerville Steam & Gas Historical Assoc., sponsor of Field Day of the Past, is a nonprofit organization operating under Section 50(c)(3) of the Codes of the Internal Revenue Service. All donations are tax deductible. P.O. Box 29643 Richmond, VA 23242 (804) 741-8468

lee in early June and then ventured to Denton, NC in late June where we garnered a lot of attention. We have acquired a “new” International power unit to operate the spoon factory this year and Dennis has been working on that. When we say “new”, it means it’s new to us. The unit was actually manufactured in the mid 1940s, but that’s what Field Day of the Past is all about — using things which were in vogue decades ago. JimBob has been working on the garden. We have gotten a tomato out of it so far. To say no one can count on us to feed

them its a gross understatement. There are also a few cotton plants in the garden which Jan Thomas planted from seeds from last year’s cotton and we then transplanted them in the garden. Although it’s less than a dozen plants, they seem to be thriving. The tobacco is nonexistent this year as we never got any planted. Otherwise, here at Field Day we are busy preparing for the show. It will be September before you know it and, ready or not, the show must go on! Mark your calendars for Sept. 21-23 and we will see you for the 27th annual event.

Jim Bob H olbrook m ans the plow in the Field D ay ofthe Pastgarden.


Field Day of the Past P.O. Box 29643, Richmond, VA 23242‐0643 Email: A Publication of the Rockville-Centerville Steam & Gas Historical Association

2018 Field Day of the Past Chairmen Antique Construction Equipment Buddy Whipple Antique Tractors Elbert “Bert” Henley & Jeff Duty Antique Vehicles Steve Shell Arts & Craft Susan Menefee Canning Kitchen Wilma Carwile Commercial & Corporate Spaces Samuel Long Demonstrations & Exhibits Melinda Gammon Diesel Engine Building John Bickerstaff Entertainment Steve Bryant Equestrian Events Pam Ottley

Flowers/Landscaping Pam Ottley Grounds Keeping Paul Krantz Parking Tony Trapani Photographers Gary Cowardin & Thanh Cao Print Shop Jenny Liesfeld Registration Trailer Melinda Gammon Sawmill Complex Joe Liesfeld, Jr. Short Pump Garage Peyton Roden Short Pump Grocery Gum Spring United Methodist Youth Small Engines Joe Fidd

Smoke House Kathy Williams Sorghum Ed Wesley Sound Gary Cowardin Souvenir Shop Denise Gammon Stationary Steam Engines Dennis Gammon & Billy Ottley Threshing Demonstrations Gary Hearn & Billy Ottley Tractor Pull Kevin McNeely Truck Events Barbee Cox Field Day of the Past Editorial Staff Melinda Gammon, editor Joan Lloyd, assistant

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Travelin’ woodwright to add traditional spoon making to this year’s program The travelin’ woodwright, Thomas Tucker, will be demonstrating the ages old traditional craft of making spoons at the 2018 Field Days of the Past. Over the past several years, Thomas has demonstrated various traditional woodworking crafts that are slowly fading away. “Hewing”, the art of taking a felled tree, cutting into a manageable size and then with nothing more than an axe, turning a round log into square or rectangular timber, ‘Riving”, or splitting out ‘shingles’ or ‘billits’ from a block of wood using a ‘froe’ and a ‘beetle’, shaving ‘billits’ of wood using a simple ‘drawing knife’ on his self built ‘shaving horse’ to produce furniture parts, tool handles, wagon parts or anything else you needed, and turning intricate detailed spindles on his simple ‘spring pole lathe’ as well as producing ‘dough rollers’ or in more mod-

ern times, ‘rolling pins’ with his five foot diameter wooden ‘great wheel lathe’, with the assistance of an apprentice to turn the wheel. Thomas, as we all are, is another year older and will be taking it a little easier this time after recovering earlier this year from major eye surgery. He underwent ‘retina repair surgery’ to his right eye in early spring. “Went completely blind in my right eye for a couple of weeks” he said, “kinda took the wind out of my sails this year”, he added. “Really makes you appreciate the things you take for granted”. This year he hopes to be working with an apprentice. “Need to pass some of this knowledge on to someone else”, he said, “I ain’t half a what I was five years ago, and would like to see somebody carry it on”. “Spoon making is partly a sitdown job” and “don’t take near the ef-

fort that hewing does”, he said, and added, “more folks needs a spoon than a hewed timber”. Thomas demonstrates spoon making on his “spoon mule” he built last winter in companion to his “cedar carving bench”. “What’s a spoon mule?”, “ justa bout cain’t make a good spoon without one” he pointed out. It is a bench with a foot operated vise to hold the spoon. If you would like to see one you will just have to come out to Field Day. It’s hard to explain. Thomas makes his spoons using every day common tools that would have been found in any woodwright’s tool box of the early 1800’s. Thomas demonstrates in the period 1800-1840, pre Civil War. This is a time when early America was migrating westward away from the coastal settlements and into the home of the first true Americans. Traveling was hard and dangerous. Traveling by wagon if you were

Thomas Tucker, left, and his “apprentice” Reginal Bates, exhibit their woodworking skills at the Spring Jubilee in Columbia in June. Tucker will add traditional spoon making demonstrations to his offerings during the 2018 Field Day. Tucker and Bates can be found near the Log Cabin.

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Iconic Ferris Wheel featured on Cancellation Stamp Each year since 1996, the Field Day of the Past Post Office has offered a special cancellation stamp of its own design. The design, produced by the postal service is available to all post office patrons and, over the years, has become a sought after souvenir for those collecting cancellation stamps. For the last few years, Ann Menefee, daughter of Field Day of the Past volunteer, Susan Menefee has drawn the artwork for the stamp. This year, Ann chose an iconic symbol, the Ferris wheel for the stamp. The Ferris Wheel has its beginnings in the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1890. At that time, Daniel Burnham, the archi-

tect charged with designing the complex for the World’s Fair, was seeking a design for a structure which could “out do” the recently constructed Eiffel Tower in Paris. George Washington Gale Ferris, a 33-year old architect from Pittsburg, OH came up with the idea of a revolving wheel of steel. Although Ferris was not the first person to come up with the idea of a rotating wheel, no one else’s plans were of the magnitude of those of Ferris. Burnham, however, was not convinced that such a wheel was either safe or practical. Ferris, was so convinced that his wheel would work that he invested $25,000 of his own money in the devel-

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opment. His perseverance paid off. On Dec. 6, 1892, his plans for the big wheel were chosen as Burnham’s answer to the challenge of the Eiffel Tower. Ferris’ wheel was 250 feet in diameter and contained 36 cars which would each carry 60 individuals. It consisted of 100,00 parts, including the 89,320-pound axle that had to be hoisted into two towers, 140 feet off the ground. On June 21, 1893, the Ferris Wheel opened at the Chicago World’s Fair and for the ensuing 19 weeks of the event, the Ferris Wheel lifted 1.4 million people, shelling out 50 cents each, on a 20 -minute ride for a view of the vista few had ever seen.

Post Office opened in 1996, it was one of only two post offices in Virginia open on Sunday. That date was the celebration of 100 years of Rural Free Delivery in the U.S. The Field Day of the Past Post office is open from 9 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday during the three show days. It is manned

And as the old adage goes, the rest is history, Patrons to the Field Day Post Office can purchase envelopes and/or post cards containing the cancellation stamp for $1.The post office here operates as an official postal station during the three days of the event and mail has been sent from here, literally, around the world. When the Field Day

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by retired and current postmaster from surrounding areas. This year, the Post Office will again also host photographs and memorabilia from World War I and World War II as well as histories from some of the local World War I and World II veterans. This is all a part of our effort to remember the sacrifices made by those who served.

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  For many years Field Day of the Past volunteers have dragged out the old 1930s Massey Harris binder, patched her up, strapped on the canvases and hauled her to the wheat field. Hooked up to a vintage tractor she is towed around the field, cutting enough wheat to supply the wheat threshing demonstrations during show days. This year, the old binder

made an encore appearance in the wheat field. This year, however, there was no entourage to accompany her. Billy Ottley and Dennis Gammon decided on the Friday afternoon before Father’s Day that it was time for the wheat to be cut. Volunteers were no where to be found. So Billy and Dennis undertook the cutting by themselves. Then they dragged in

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sons Ben Ottley and Richard Gammon, along with Seth Gibson out to the Field that afternoon to gather up the crop they had cut. 1 Each year the wheat cutting seems to pose more and more problems, Sometimes the old binder just doesn’t want to cooperate. The binder doesn’t want to    In 2017, Gary Hearn rode the binder to cut the wheat.

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knot correctly or a piece falls off; after all she is getting old. Another problem in the height of the wheat. Wheat has been genetically modified to focus on grain production, reducing the height of the plant. Shorter wheat also does not topple over from the weight of the head. Wheat is approximately two feet shorter than2it used to be. This may be great for production but does not bode well for the binder. Shorter wheat makes it more difficult for the sickle to cut sheaves. Despite technological changes, the old Massey Harris continues to cut wheat so that we have wheat for threshing during the annual event. Visit Billy, Gary Hearn and the entire crew in the Heritage Area during the show for threshing demonstrations.

  Dennis Gammon strapped the canvases on the old Massey Harris binder which is used every year to cut wheat to be used in wheat threshing demonstrations during the annual show. Once wheat cutting and threshing, the process of separating grain from chaff, were two separate operations. With the introduction of the combine, cutting, separating and cleaning were combined into one machine, Although “combines” date to the mid 1850s, many Virginia farmers still used the binder well into the 1900s.


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Volunteers Needed To Man Profiles of Honor Mobile

When the Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour comes to Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, volunteers will be needed to help man the unit. We are hoping to get enough volunteers that no one has to work a long shift. We could really use your help as our regular volunteers are already committed to the max. If you are a veteran, a history buff or just interested in volunteering, please call our office at 804-741-8468 or the cell phone at 804-908-1412. We appreciate your interest in and support of our programs.

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Richard Gammon separates spoons from waste at the Spring Jubilee in Columbia in early June.

  Field Day of the Past’s Spoon Making operation took on a new dimension in early June when volunteers loaded up a mobile spoon making machine and headed to Rassawek’s Spring Jubilee in Columbia, VA. Volunteers have been working on this machine for three years and it was finally ready for its debute. Unlike the stationery spoon making machine located in the Sawmill Building at the show grounds, this machine makes scooped spoons instead of flat ones. The stationery machine uses veneer which has been run through our veneer mill. The veneer is passed through the spoon making machine where

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  spoons are punched out, much as cookie cutter cuts cookies from dough. There are actually several dies for the machine which can make not only flat spoons, but also tongue depressors, popsicle sticks, hors d’oeuvre forks and other wooden utensils. The mobile machine uses a curved blade which scoops the wood from the center of a wooden block. Once started, the machine moves a block of wood forward and spoons begin dumping out of the hopper. The two ice cream spoon making machines which Field Day of the Past owns were patented     Dennis Gammon operates the spoon machine by B.A. Grasberger and/or as Seth Gibson looks on. Hundreds of spoons (Con’t, see Spoon Making, p. 25) were made at The Spring Jubilee.

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Vintage Vehicle Advance Registration September 21, 22, 23, 2018 Name: ________________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________________ City/State/Zip: _________________________________________ Phone: ________________ Email: __________________________ Make: _______________________ Series: ___________________ Body Style: _______________ Year: __________ Engine: ______ Accessible, operated fire extinguishers required inside each vehicle.


Field Day of the Past, the Rockville-Centerville Steam & Gas Historical Assn., its Board of Directors, members and/or volunteers will not be responsible for loss, theft or damages and assume no liability for bodily injury to the exhibitor or any property damage or bodily injury caused by action of the exhibitor.

  Noel Clemmer of Lake Lynn, PA brought his 1923 Modified coupe to the 2017 Field Day of the Past Vintage Vehicle show. Clemmer will be returning this year, as will many other vintage vehicle owners to show off their prize possessions. If you wish to join them, please complete the registration form to the right and return it to us.

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Some ticket prices see some change in 2018   Visitors to this year’s Field Day of the Past will see some changes in some of our ticket prices. Gate prices will remain the same on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with adults costing $10 on Friday, $15 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Children 12 years old and younger will still be admitted free of charge and senior citizens 62 years of age and older can get through the gate for $8. There will be a change in Two-Day and ThreeDay Passes. Two-Day passes have been reduced to $18 for any two show days and Three-Day passes will increase to $28 for all three days — still a savings of $7 under single day tickets. Block tickets will be available again this year. The price of these tickets has increased to $80 for ten tickets. These tickets can be used for any one show day. On all three show days, tickets are sold to the general public at the Ticket Booths on Rt. 622 (Three Chopt Rd.) across from the Pedestrian Gate and at the Ticket Booth at Gate G. They can also be obtained at Gate A on Rt. 623 (Ashland Rd.) Single day, Two-Day, Three-Day and Senior Citizen tickets are available. Block Tickets are sold in advance only. They are not sold at the gates. Block tickets will be available for sale in late July and can be ordered by sending a check for $80 for each block to Field Day of the Past, P.O. Box 29643, Richmond, VA 23242. Block tickets can also be picked

up at the Field Day office. Block tickets will go off sale at noon on Thursday, Sept. 20. Online tickets went on sale on June 15 and are already available on our website www.fielddayofthepast. net. The surcharge for purchasing tickets online was reduced last year and the remains at $1. If you already have a ticket when you get to the show, you do not have to go through a ticket booth. Go directly to a gate. If you have a school group which you intend to bring to the show on Friday, please call us at 804741-8468 (office phone) or 804-908-1412 (cell) to make prior arrangements and to enable us to better serve you at the Registration Trailer when you arrive. For those who wish to camp, camping spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. We do not take reservations for camping spaces. All camping spaces are primitive — no water or electricity is available in our camping area. Cost for camping is $25 per camping vehicle for the weekend. You must check in at Registration and get a camping spot number. Remember, no mules, golf carts or other transportation is allowed to drive through the grounds during show hours beginning at 8 a.m. until the show ends for the day. The only exception to this is wheelchairs and handicapped scooters. If you have any questions regarding tickets, please call our office at 804-741-8468.

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Arts & Crafts vendors offer everything from furniture to jewelry Arts and crafts have been an integral part of Field Day of the Past since that first show back in 1992. Our offerings have expanded to include everything from handmade crafts and handcrafted wooden items to LulaRoe, Mary Kay and Pampered Chef, candles, soaps, cowboy boots, knives, John Deere items and so much more. All can be found in the Arts and Crafts section of our show. Check out all your options. This year’s arts and crafts vendors are as follows. This list is current as of press time. Gary Wayne Addington (179, 180): Clocks, tshirts, garden flags, pillows, Christian items, more Marcia Adkins/Lynda Gilbertson (89): Beef, buffalo, elk, turkey, venison jerky Aid Our Veterans (90): Hats, flags, magnets, coins, pins Ralph Alston (2): Yard sale items Joseph Athey (192): Handcrafted wood items, canes, jewelry boxes, plaques, picture frames Diane Baisck (70): Concealed carry purses, shirts, jewelry, miscellaneous items Susan Baker, Poverty Ridge Farm (108): Alpaca yarn, socks, scarves, fall wreaths, blankets, etc. Nettie Ballard (199): Decomesh wreaths, glassware Joyce Barker/Brenda Ladd (56): Glassware, jewelry, etc. Robin Bass (71): ThirtyOne Gifts, totes, purses, wallets, etc. Elizabeth Birk –Tastefully Simple (60): Packaged food Will Bonner (97B):

Canned Virginia peanuts Lisa Bowen-Ladybug Lane Creations (181): handpainted pavers & signs, landscape lights, repurposed tables, etc. Carl Bowers (111/111A): Metal art Terry Braham (185): Antique & collectibles, Cheryl & Edward Breeden (1): Rag rugs, cast iron fry pans, cane & rope chairs, etc. Robin Brooking (77, 78): Handmade crafts Jacqueline Brown (72): Bandana bags & purses, key rings & bandana beads Preston Brown (55): Hawaiian shaved ice, cotton candy Clark Burdine (123): Military items Carlos Tools, Inc. (3,4,5): Tools Joanne Carneal (75): Indoor/Outdoor wreaths Champion Saddlery (6,7): Cowboy hats, boots, saddles, and tack Janie Christian (74):Homemade jellies & jams Thomas Clinger (R.E. Lee Camp 1589 SCV) (193): Hats, flags, memorabilia Jason Colbert (W. C. Wickham SCV Camp) (109,110): Hats, shirts, flags, jewelry Robert Davis, Bunkiehorse (187): Leather belts, wallets, bracelets, novelties, etc. Jerry & Trish Duff-Old Church Crafts (95): Handmade wooden welcome plaques, doorlight entry decorations, nature wood carvings, Christmas decorations Susan Eastwood, St. Matthews UMC (97A): Tea/ lemonade Colleen Farinacci Colleen’s Creations (92,93): Embroidered hats, caps,

lace, towels, seasonal, etc. Chris Ferguson, Tanner Leatherworks: (9) Leather wallets, belts, notebooks, etc. John F. Fitzgerald (120): Toys, VHS & DVDs, sports & collectibles toys & cards Bridget Foster (96) LulaRoe, tye dyed t’s, beanies, leather items, etc. Janis Gager (122): Beads Toni Giles (91): Warmers, wax Goochland Baptist Church (65): Water Roxann Grindle (97): Rag quilts, baked goods Jennifer King Gross (101): Apple cider vinegar sauces, t-shirts David Hawk (195) Antiques & collectibles Shirley Helms, O.A.K. Designs (103): Handcrafter polymer clay one of a kind jewelry John Hennessee, Black Dog Provisions (182): Dog related items Harry & Elaine Houwen (200): Leather products: wallets, purses, credit & business card holders, etc Beverly Hutson-Bryan (8): Jewelry James River Equipment (87/88): John Deere toys, caps, etc. Kenny Jarratt-Virginia Backroad Crafts (84): Decorative garden flags, Christmas decor Ruth Kiesner, Earthwear Tie Dyes (183): Hand dyed tie dye ware Pamela Knepp, Pam’s Personalized Gifts, Inc. (57, 58, 59): Simply Southern apparel & accessories Debbie Knight (64): Organizational supplies Jennifer Lamb (189): Homemade soaps, lotions, bath & body products Jimmy Lloyd (194): Antiques & collectibles Kandy Lovelodj, Kandy

Coated Alpacas, LLC (186): Lori Madison (61) Country crafts, Primitive deco, recycled bottles, ets Sam MickleCutco Cutlery (126): High quality kitchen cutlery, sporting knives, kitchen accessories Sylvia Morris -Fine Creek Candles (66, 67): Candles & cube melts Christian Murphy (62):   Visitors to Field Day can find a plethora of items for sale in Handmade our Arts & Crafts section. jewelry, baby bibs, repurprints federate t-shirts, patches, posed drinking bottles, Perry Spires (191): Cutflags, decals, bags, knives, wind chimes, etc. ting boards, jewelry boxwallets, rings, etc. Ralph Napolitano es, rocking horses Alvin White (196, 197): (80/81/82): T-shirts, Bob & Gay Stapleton Craft items, caps, CDS, hoodies, baby onesies, (85): Local honey, beesbelt buckles, antiques, etc tank tops printed onsite, wax, candles & other Mark Weigert (112/113): etc. products of the hive Flags, garden décor, wind Cheryl Payette (69): Steve Sterling (124,125): chimes, bird baths Clothing Large pillows, shirts, Susan Wilkerson (114); Kristina Poitras (73) blankets, kids’ toys, solar Custom indoor-outdoor Pampered Chef dancers, jewelry, etc. furnishings Brenda A. RappoldRuth Stout (83): Signs, Randy Wilhem (115, 116, Better Bling Jewelry (86): knives, jewelry, concrete 117): Tools, harward, hats, Jewelry. statutes, crafts, etc. knives, flags Rawlings, Teresa (104): Constance Thomas (188): Debbie Willard (184): Baked goods, key lime Handmade bullet jewelry Staniless steel rings, handcake, lemon squares, Courtney Thurston (118, made decals, stickers, brownies, cotton candy, 119): LulaRoe flags muffins Anthony Townsend (107): Donna & Tom Wonders Tammy Reams (105): Old stone items, old bot(106): Rustic & primitive Handcrafted jewelry, tles, crocks. wooden decor home décor, t-shirts, hats, USS Virginia Base (121) John Zogorean (190): Fur etc. shirts, hats & banners hats, skins, handmade Charles Reed (76): HandWagner Steel Art, LLC knives, antler artwork made wooden products (201): Metal sculptures, This list is accurate as of Carlton & Judy Sanderlin decorative gates, metal press time. Some changes (102): Wooden shelves & accents, etc. may occur before the key chain holders Terri Wangler (94): Jewshow. Please take time to Bob Schamerhorn, iPhoto elry-stainless steel, sterbrowse through the arts Photos (68): Nature pholing silver and crafts vendors located tography Willie E. Wells, III around the Pullman Train Phillip Snider Photog(Edmund Ruffin Fire EatCar. The vendors will apraphy (63): Photographic ers) (98, 99, 100): Conpreciate you support.

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2018 Field Day Exhibitor Registra on Sept. 21, 22, 23, 2018 Please print  Name: __________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________ City/State/Zip: ___________________________________ Phone: ______________ Email: ______________________ Tractors Gas Engines  Steam Engines Models  Other (specify below) Tractor Pull Lawn Mower (display only) Below, please provide a complete descrip on of your exhibit, includ‐ ing model, make and any other per nent informa on. All exhibits must remain parked during the event. Field Day reserves the right to decline any exhibit which is deemed not in keeping with the show.

Lawn mowers pullers & an que vehicles do not register here!

  Under Joe Fidd’s competent guidance as chairman of the small engine committee, exhibitors show up with a variety of small engines, some of which actually “do” something, such as powering a piece of machinery while others just sit and “putt putt” away, thus the term putt putt engines. Come enjoy the engines on display here. Some are truly beautiful works of art and some are not so small.

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Descrip on of Registered Exhibit(s) ______________________________________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ Please submit a cer ficate of insurance. All exhibitors must register either through early registra on  or  at  the  show.  Mul ple  exhibits  can  be  registered  on  this  form and copies can be made if need. A maximum of two ckets per person or four per household will be issued.  Those wishing to renew or join the membership  may send  $10 with this form.  Field Day of the Past, the Rockville‐Centerville Steam & Gas Historical Assn., its staff, Board of Directors, members and volunteers will not be responsible for loss, the , or damage and assume no liability for bodi‐ ly injury of property damage caused by or to the exhibitor. Signature: _____________________________________________ By signing this form, I agree to all condi ons

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Agricadabra Magic Show & Hypnotist Comedy Show return to Field Day event

Brad Matchett, whose head is in the giant balloon you see in the above picture, presents Agricadabra, an interactive educational and entertaining program on agricultural facts of Virginia. Shows are scheduled throughout the three days of the September Field Day of the Past. Matchett will also offer up some good fun as a comedy hypnotist this year. Check out the schedule of events for times of both shows.

Brad Matchett will return to this year’s Field Day of the Past with his Agricadabra Magic Show and the Comedy Hypnotist Show, both of which are scheduled several times throughout the weekend. The Agricadabra Magic Show teaches children (and adults) some interesting facts about the agricultural industry in Virginia. This show highlights agriculture within your state. Highlights include questions (and answers) to:

What is the average age of the farmers in your state? What percentage of farmers in your state are women? What is the difference between broiler chickens and egg layers and where your state ranks in production of each? Matchett’s helper, Houdini the live rabbit will also make an appearance. The show is not only educational but also entertaining and lots of fun and, although the show is geared to the younger members of the family, adults will enjoy it too.

For more adult entertainment, if you want to see just how silly one can be under hypnosis, be sure to visit Brad Matchett, Comedy Hypnotist. Some of the antics Matchett has the volunteers performing while under, will have tears of laughter rolling down your face and holding your sides from guffawing so hard. Both Agricadabra and the Hypnotist Show will take place all three show days. Please check out the Schedule of Events in the Survival Guide in this newspaper to check for times.



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   Meredith Leake will demonstrate apple cider making on antique machinery during this year’s show. Leake will also have apple trees for sale.

Paper marbling by Bielik

  Thomas New, whose persona is Bonedog for re-enactments will be at the 2018 show. Bonedog was a scout for George Rogers Clark during the Revolution as well as a longhunter and trapper. New will be present with his re-enactment during Field Day of the Past and will answer questions and speak about life during the Revolution and the fur trade era.

At Field Day of the Past Sept. 22, 23, 2018

 When John Bielik dips a simple piece of paper into a special solu on he uses for marbling paper, the results are beau fully nted leaves which ripple and shim‐ mer with color.      Paper marbling simpli‐ fied requires dipping an absorbent surface, such as paper, into water, or a water based solu on, known as size, to pro‐ duce pa erns which look like marble. The art comes in knowing what colors mixed in what por ons and in what manner to pro‐ duce a desired effect. Bielik demonstrates the skill and talent neces‐ sary to produce works of art at the 2018 Field Day of the Past in Sep‐ tember.

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Music on Field Day Sound Stage all weekend

The Field Day of the Past Sound Stage will be hosting music throughout the weekend, from Friday afternoon until late Sunday afternoon, Admission to all of these talented individuals is free with Field Day of the Past admission. The Sound Stage is located next to the Field Day Food Trailer. Take a seat under the tent at the Sound Stage and spend the day there. Check the Schedule of Events in the inserted 2018 Survival Guide for times of all performances on the Sound Stage.

  14-year old Hannah G from Chesterfield, VA will be performing on the Field Day Sound Stage at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

Above, Shield of Faith, a band from Hopewell, VA is scheduled to perform at Field Day at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. Right, John Savarese from Chesterfield, VA, will appear at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.

The Field Day of the Past Sound Stage will host LoCountry, a band from Cumberland, VA at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. Please check our Schedule of Events on the website at www.fieldday of the Past for any updates in the music schedule and the schedule of other events taking place over the three show days, Sept. 21-23.

  Old Money, from Midlothian, VA, will appear at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 on the Field Day of the Past Sound Stage.


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Chesterfield Tractor Club joins this year’s Field Day offerings   This year the Chesterfield Tractor Club will join the many varied attractions which Field Day of the Past has to offer. What you may ask, is the Chesterfield Tractor Club? According to Dave Hotz, one of the members of that association, club members would like to think they all grew up as country boys brought up during the heyday of farming life. Many have restored pieces of equipment they themselves used on the family farm. Our members, including our wives, come from different localities all over Virginia. They proudly represent Blackstone, Charles City, Chester, Dinwiddie, Emporia, Fluvanna, Goochland, Jarrett, Petersburg, and many more locations too numerous to name.

We are from many diverse walks of life but share the same goals and passions: namely, to educate, refurbish, and maintain the antique tractors and implements of farm life. You can say we inherited “THE RUSTY IRON FEVER”. Members have operated our famous barrel train for more than 20 years, during which 1time we have, at various functions, carried an estimated 50, 000 children. The kids scramble to get into a favorite color barrel to imagine they are driving a tractor. Come over to our display at Field Day to see what we have, share your own stories, and remember a simpler time of life. The Chesterfield Tractor Club will be located near the Antique Tractor display area of the grounds.

  Billy Poarch, front and Steve Vanderiet, members of the Chesterfield Tractor Club, show off their prized possessions. The Tractor Club will participate in this year’s Field Day of the Past in September.




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Ice cream spoon making revisited in Denton, NC

  Joe Fidd watches as visitors at the Threshers’ Reunion in Denton grab some wooden spoons. (Con nued from page 10)

his brother Lawrence around 1913. The company which operated the spoon factory was under B.J. Grasberger Co., B.J. being Benedict Joseph,

another of the Grasberger brothers. Although we cannot be sure when the machines were put into operation, folklore has it that the factory ceased operation in the 1930s.. The tale

goes that Mr. Grasberger shut down the factory when President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed he Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938 and set minimum wage at 25 cents an hour. Supposedly, Mr. Grasberger felt that no one was worth 25 cents an hour and shut his plant in accordance with that belief. The truth is a little murky, however. Records indicate that B.A. Grasberger founded B.A. Grasberger Co. in 1909, a paper and wood products manufacturer and distributor at 1001-1005 West Broad St. in Richmond, VA. The company, which was soon relocated to 820-824 West Moore St. in Richmond and specialized in scooped wooden ice cream spoons, paper sundae dishes, popsicle sticks, cocktail forks, and metal sundae dish holders, but also produced wire garment hangers. It was B.J. who primarily produced the wood products in Bumpass, VA, in the Bumpass operation he called B. J. Grasberger Co. The production line work was apparently de-


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signed jointly by Boniface Grasberger and his brother Lawrence B. Grasberger, both of whom patented various inventions related to this and other business ventures they pursued. The Grasbergers built up a large clientele in the eastern half of the United States from paper products vendors to ice cream stands and amusement parks, and even shipped products to Canada. The volunteers considered the expedition to Rassawek such a success that they decided to take the show on the road, and in early July Grasberger’s spoon making operation was loaded up and headed to Denton, NC for the 48th Annual Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion at Denton Farmpark. It’s hard to determine just how many wooden ice cream spoons were made and given away over the weekend of July 1-2. Crowds would congregate when the spoon machine chugged into action and the ladies would grab up those spoons like they were

gold plated. One lady even took a garbage bag half filled with spoons. She was going to host an ice cream social and wanted the spoons to pass around at the event. A few of the folks we encountered said Dennis was wrong and we didn’t have the only ice cream spoon machines in existence because they had seen one in action at a show near Richmond. Come to find out, they had visited Field Day of

the Past and seen the machinery here on the grounds. We passed out newspaper and more wooden spoons and truly had a great time. We hope some of the folks we saw will visit us at Field Day of the Past in September. Plans are for both the stationery and mobile spoon making machines to be in action at the Sawmill Complex during this year’s show.

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Classes for 2018 Tractor Pull Saturday Classes

WELTON MOTOR FREIGHT, INC. Vans, Flats and Machinery Type Trailers I.C.C. 146569

Michael Welton President

9200 Burge Avenue Richmond, VA 23234

12,500 lb. Farm Stock Tractor 3,000 lb. Pure Stock 3,000 lb. An que Tractor 5,000 lb. Pure Stock 5,000 lb. An que Tractor 6,500 lb. Open Turbo Tractor 7,000 lb. Pure Stock 7,000 lb. An que Tractor 12,500 lb. Altered Farm Tractor 9,000 lb. An que Tractor 7,000 lb. Open Turbo Tractor V‐8 Classic Tractor 11,000 lb. An que Tractor 13,000 lb. An que Tractor

Tractor Pulls set for 2018 The Field Day of the Past Tractor Pull Committee is set to put on the annual Tractor Pull during this year’s show on Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22. The pulls will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. For years the tractor pull has drawn crowds to see the action on the track. Classes include everything from pure and antique stock to 12,500 pound farm stock. There are classes for classic tractors, altered tractors, turbo and non turbo classes and more. Above you will find a list of classes by day and, to the right, is a list of 2018 Tractor Pull Rules. There is a meeting of drivers before each day’s pull and pullers should register at the track prior to the event. For more information or complete details on the Tractor Pull, contact Kevin McNeely at 804-8836341 or 804-357-1355,

Sunday Classes 12,000 lb. An que Tractor 7,000 lb. Open Turbo Tractor 10,000 lb. An que Tractor 8,000 lb. Pure Stock 8,000 lb. An que Tractor 6,500 lb. Open Turbo Tractor 6,000 lb. Pure Stock 6,000 lb. An que Tractor 11,000 lb. Hot Farm Tractor 4,000 lb. Pure Stock 4,000 lb. An que Tractor 12,500 lb. Farm Stock Tractor  Classes will be added or eliminated as needed.

Contact Kevin McNeely, 804–883‐6341 or 804‐357‐1355 (cell)

2018 Field Day Tractor Pull Rules

1. Point of hitch must be a ring, loop or clevis approximately three inches in diame  ter. The ring, loop or clevis must be mounted rearward making the point of hitch  behind the drawbar. No plates, rings, loops of clevises mounted forward of the  drawbar will be allowed.  2.  Point of hitch on all rings, loops or clevises will be a maximum of 20” high (can  be lower). Point of hitch will be a minimum of 20” from center of axle (can be  longer). For open classes, point of hitch will be a minimum of 18” from center of  axle.  3.  There will be a pull-off in each class.  4.  The first puller in each class will set the class.  5.  The winner of each class will be weighed in and hitch will be checked.  6.  Each puller must register and be issued a number for each class.  7.  The flag man rules the track with a red or green flag.  8.  An que tractors must be original, except for hitches. All weights must be permanently  mounted. No widened rims or cut  res will be allowed.  9.  One  re size above factory replacement will be allowed. Example 13-38=14.9  can be replaced by 15-38.  10.  All  modified tractors must pull in open classes.  11.  Classes will be added or modified as needed.  12.  Track officials reserve the right to reclassify tractors  13.  Tractors may pull only once in each class and only two classes per day.  14.  No alcohol or intoxica on is allowed.  15.  Drivers must remain seated.  16.  Anyone opera ng a tractor in an unsafe manner will be disqualified.  17.  Any foul language by a puller directed toward a track official or spectator will  result in immediate disqualifica on.  18.  Each puller will be allowed to re-pull, providing their first pull does not exceed  75 feet.  19.  Pullers in an que classes will not shi  gears or ac vate torque amplifier during  pull.  20.  No entries will be accepted once  class has started to pull.  21.  The rules will be enforced, interpreted or amended as necessary. 

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In Memoriam


Long time Field Day of the Past supporter, G.B. Spencer, Jr. 75, of North Chesterfield, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy S. Sizemore (Tommy); sons, M. Scott Spencer (Cindy), Stephen A. Spencer D.O.; granddaughters, Hannah E. Spencer, Sarah M. Spencer; grandson, Austin C. Sizemore. G.B. was preceded in death by his wife of

49 years, Sandra Jean Spencer; parents, Mamie Elizabeth and Gilmore Bruce Spencer Sr.; sister, Myrt Dowdy. In addition to the joy of his family, G.B.'s passion was farming his property and sharing the harvest with all his friends and family. G.B. was retired from the IBEW Local 666 with more than 50 years of service. He was well thought of in the county and especially by his neighbors, he was known as "Mr. Fix It." He, along with his wife, had been members of the Chesterfield County Fair Association since 1968. He served as the fair manager, President and on the Board of Directors throughout those years. In 1997, he became a founding member of the Ches-

terfield Tractor Club. He celebrated his southern roots as a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. His funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, Internment was private. In lieu of flowers, because of his longtime membership, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Berean Baptist Church, 2914 Cogbill Rd., N. Chesterfield, Va. 23234. G.B. will be greatly missed by his many friends in the fair and tractor world. Our sympathy to the family on his passing.


Eleanor Ann "Elly Reed, wife of Field Day board of director member Poulson “Pope” Reed, died Thursday, June 21, 2018, Born May 26, 1940, in Breslau, Germany. In addition to her husband of 36 years, she is survived by daughters, Diana Galvin Adams and Christine Iacovo (Fred); sons, Thomas J. Galvin III (Jessica) and the Reverend Poulson C. Reed Jr. (Megan); daughter-in-law, Susan E. Reed; grandchildren, Claire Adam, Sheldon E. Reed, Mary Mayken Reed, David D. Reed, Thomas B. Reed and Matthew B. Reed; sisters, Katharina Ruger and Sonja Beck of Schwabach, Germany; brothers-in-law, Stanley P. Reed (Ann) and Daniel S. Reed (Mary); and various nieces and neph-

ews. She was predeceased by her mother, Elisabeth A. Konrad; father, Waldemar F. Konrad; brother, Wolfgang Hager; and sister, Jutta Duarte; son, Wilson P. Reed; son-in-law, Daniel Adams; and grandson, Nicholas Adams. Elly received her education at Schloss Neubemberg in Germany. Her 30 years as a career woman ranged from a translator in The Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, to Vice President of Midtown Agency, Inc., a commercial title insurance agency owned with her husband. Life brought Elly much joy in simple pleasures. She was blessed with an abundant sense of gratitude and the gift of quick wit. She loved to lighten any moment with her wry humor and loosely translated German sayings. Elly had a great love of animals and donated regularly to

F.L.A.G. animal rescue in Goochland, Virginia. She knitted and crocheted beautifully, creating treasured keepsakes of elaborate layettes and baby clothes for anyone she remotely knew who was expecting. She will be especially remembered for her love of her family, the joy she took in her grandchildren and her generous spirit. A memorial service was held on June 27, 2018, at Bethel United Methodist Church,. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Elly's memory to the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund. Her family wishes to express their appreciation to the extraordinary doctors and nurses who cared for her at the UVA NeuroOncology Brain Tumor Center. Our sympathy goes out to all of Elly’s family members.


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“New” engine to run Spoon Factory   For several years the Waukesha engine which powers Grasberger’s Spoon Factory has had its own set of problems. The engine worked, but it took the right person to operate it, one who knew the idiosyncrasies of the engine and what to do to make it work correctly. This year, Grasberger’s will be powered by a new power unit. In the Spring, Field Day of the Past board member, Pope Reed acquired a new unit to be used in spoon making. The “new” power unit is an International “M”, comparable to a Farmall M engine, built in the 1940s, so the “new” engine means it is new to Field Day. Because “new” did not mean brand spankin’ new, the power unit needed some work done on it. After the unit got to the grounds, volunteer Dennis Gammon undertook several repairs and improvements to the engine. The first item on the agenda was to replace the wooden base under the engine with a metal one. From there other replacements and repairs were undertaken, The exhaust manifold had to be replaced — it was, with one which Pope had in stock (after some discussion of just which manifold would fit). The carburetor was replaced and a muffler was installed. Dennis built a battery box and removed the V pulleys, replacing them with a flat belt pulley. Of course, in typical Field Day fashion, one job always re

quires something else be done and Dennis had to make a bushing to adapt the flat belt pulley. He then washed the grease off the engine and carefully washed out the radiator — which then sprung a leak! But with JB Weld and a lot of prayers, the radiator was fixed. Dennis built brackets and mounted a small fuel tank. The engine was then painted. The hood and grill were dented and went offsite for repairs. As soon as they returned, the engine will be complete and with be ready to churn out spoons at Grasberger’s Spoon Factory during this year’s Field Day of the Past. Check it out and pick up some spoons.

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Dennis Gammon admires his work on the “new” power unit for the Spoon Factory.

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Field Day of the Past Membership Application Name: __________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________ City/State/Zip: ____________________________________ Phone: (h) __________________ (w) __________________ Cell: _______________ Email: _______________________  New Member  Renewal  Junior Member ($5)  Gold Member (includes one three‐day pass to show) Do you wish to be listed in Field Day directory?  Yes  No Do you wish to serve on a commi ee?  Yes  No Commi ee preferences: ________________________________________________ Please mail your check for $10 for each membership ($5 for junior memberships; $30 for Gold memberships to: Field Day of the Past, P.O. Box 29643, Richmond, VA 23242 (804) 741‐8468

Alan Weber will be heading up the Field Day of the Past Consignment Sale again this year. The sale is scheduled to go on throughout the three show days. The Consignment Sale Committee accepts all types of merchandise to sell, including antique trucks, antique tools, woodworking machinery, construction tools and equipment, home improvement materials, antique tractors and more. Sellers will pay a ten percent commission to Field Day of the Past for items sold for up to $1,000. A five percent commission will be charged for items bringing more than $1,000. If you have items you wish to sell or have any questions regarding the sale, please call Alan at 804-740-2112. The Field Day Consignment Sale opens at 8 a.m. daily during the show, Sept. 21-23 and closes daily at 6 p.m. Arrangements can be made for any large items which you purchase which cannot be immediately removed from the premises. Those arrangements can be made by consulting one of the Consignment Sale Committee volunteers.




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  Luke McDonald, an 18th Century woodwright will join Tom Tucker, our Travelin’ Woodwright at the 27th annual Field Day of the Past. Both Luke and Tom can be found in the Heritage area near the Log Cabin on the show grounds.

  Luke Conner and his wife. Stephanie, will return to this year’s show with their 1849 Pioneer Camp. The camp is an excellent example of what life was like for those moving west in the mid 1800s.

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The 3rd Saturday in December | 5 p.m. 

Gordon Shelton  Parade Coordinator (540) 840-8992  P.O. Box 66  Hartwood, VA 22471 


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Cole Shows Amusements Co. will return to Field Day of the Past this year, providing the carnival fun throughout the weekend. Cole Amusements will open on Friday, Sept. 21 with all the favorite rides and delicious carnival foods: cotton candy, candy and caramel apples, funnel cakes, and sno cones. Hours of operation are Friday: Noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Pay One Price will be offered daily and regular tickets sales will also be available. The carnival is located at the Pedestrian Gate on Rt. 623.

Prices for Cole Shows Amusements FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018 Hours: Noon—11 p.m. $25 POP** Sold Noon—4 p.m. Honored Noon—5 p.m. $25 POP** Sold 4 p.m.—9 pm. Honored 5 p.m.—10 p.m.* $40 POP** All Day POP sold Noon—9 p.m. Honored Noon—10 pm.* SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018 Hours: 10 a.m—11 p.m. $25 POP** Sold Noon—4 pm. Honored Noon‐5 p.m. $25 POP** Sold 4 p.m.—9 pm. Honored 5 p.m.—10 p.m.* $40 POP** All Day POP sold Noon—9 p.m. Honored Noon—10 pm.* SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018 Hours 10 a.m—6 p.m. $25 POP** Sold 10 a.m—5p.m. Honored 10 a.m.—6 p.m. Regular cket sales: $1 each; 24 ckets for $20; 48 ckets for $40 Rides require 3 to 6 ckets per person * Any offered Pay‐One‐Price Wristband shall end one hour prior to closing. **POP prices are subject to change.

Tucker makes traditional spoons at Field Day (Con nued from page 4)

fortunate, maybe by horseback, or simply by walking, you could only bring what you could carry. “The spoon is a simple invention that has been with mankind for a very long time”, he stated. “oh yes, it is an ‘invention”, he pointed out. There is plenty of historical evidence that early ‘peoples’ lived along the banks of rivers or the shores of bodies of water. The shoreline was a warehouse of shells which served as natural spoons. Some ingenious individual, or someone who was just tired of burning their fingers, decided to add a wood or bone handle, “ and there you go, the

spoon was invented”. A spoon consists of two parts, the handle and the ‘bowl’, or as a fourth grade little girl explained to him, when asked about the parts, said, “the dippin’ part”. Spoons are relatively easy to make and predate the fork and knife by many centuries as the latter require a more technical processes. The spoons that Thomas makes are typical of what could be made, using the simplest and most common tools of a traveling tradesman, using locally found materials on the trail. Thomas’ spoons are not fancy, ornate, or highly polished, they are simple and practical. His spoons are rustic recreations of what could, and can still be made sitting

around the camp next to a campfire. These spoons were a ‘tool of survival’ on the frontier . Thomas uses traditional materials for his spoons, such as, white oak, hickory, cherry, black walnut, tulip poplar, and the fruitwoods, pear and apple. His spoons once made are hand rubbed in what he calls, “spoon butter”, he makes himself. “It’s nothin’ but beeswax and mineral oil”. “I use mineral oil because it is manmade and will not go ‘rancid’ overtime like the commercial vegetable and corn oils will” he explained. “ Walnut oil or peanut oil can be used also”. “I have been demonstrating traditional crafts for more than 25 years.

My goal is to present and demonstrate , a snapshot of early life in this country in the pre-civil war period. It’s all about the details to me. I want people to remember how we got to where we are today. I try to reproduce a ‘period correct’ piece as it was made sittin’ around a campfire somewhere on the trail to a new home’ Thomas’ spoons are handmade, one at a time, no two identical, they are rustic and ‘earthy’. As he described it best, “you will find ‘makers marks’ left on my spoons, but it ‘ain’t’ how refined it is, it’s about how much rabbit stew you can get in your mouth” Be sure to visit Tucker in the Heritage Area near the Log Cabin.

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Thank You! to all 2018 Field Day of the Past sponsors Field Day of the Past attracts more than 45,000 people during its annual show each September. That’s a lot of people in one place over a three day period. The good news is that the attendance keeps inching upward each year. For companies who wish to send their message to a lot of people for one price, Field Day offers an excellent opportunity to do just that. With a varied program which offers entertainment, education and family fun at one pop, there are many ways to send your message out. The rest of the good news is that Field Day appeals to a wide audience of people. Friday show days tend to bring senior citizens and school groups until about 4:00 p.m. when the younger crowds begin to swarm through the gates in anticipation of the Friday night truck pulls. This younger, more energetic crowd is looking for noise, action and excitement. Saturdays bring a whole new wave of visitors of all ages and interests — and there is something for all of them, therefore someone for every sponsor who participates. Children’s activities, equestrian events, historic demonstrations, antique tractors, trucks, automobiles and motorcycles, construction displays and demonstrations — both modern and antique, arts and crafts, music… and the list goes on. On Sundays, more families with younger children show up along with more senior citizens. Sponsorships are available at every financial level, so if you are thinking your budget won’t accommodate our offers, you will be surprised. If you don’t think Field Day of the Past has an opportunity to suit your needs, give us a call before you decide to spend your dollars elsewhere. We probably have a niche which fits the bill. Sponsorship packets are available if you would like to view one, or if you would like to visit with us, just call the office at 804-741-8468. Sponsors who have already committed to be a part of the 2018 event include the following. AAPCO, Richmond, VA A-Box, Glen Allen, VA Agri-Supply, Petersburg, VA Auto Glass Plus, Rockville, VA B&C Truck Sales, Glen Allen, VA Bathfitters, Norfolk, VA Bobcat of Richmond, Ashland, VA Brookstone Buildings, Richmond, VA CarQuest Auto Parts, Richmond, VA Carter Machinery, Salem, VA Champion Windows, Ashland, VA Chesterfield Trailer & Hitch, Midlothian, VA Cleaning Equipment & Repair, Glen Allen, VA Colonial Truck Sales, Ashland, VA Comm-Tronics of Virginia, Richmond, VA Crewe Tractor, Crewe, VA DYNA Products, Thomas, WV

Ellis Contracting, Inc, Providence Forge, VA Energy Transfer Specialist, LC, Bumpass, VA Excel Truck Group, Chester, VA H.O. Feild Electric Co., Ashland, VA Hendrick Chevrolet, Glen Allen, VA Hoober, Inc., Ashland, VA James River Equipment, Ashland, VA Land & Coates, Richmond, VA LeafFilter North of Virginia, LLC, Hudson, OH Linex, Chester, VA Lot Scapes, Doswell, VA Old Dominion Line-X, Inc., Chester, VA Old Dominion Tire, Midlothian, VA Outdoor Access, Inc. Richmond, VA Peterbilt of Richmond, Richmond, VA Richmond Truck Authority (formerly Autolinc), Richmond, VA Republic Services, Rockville, VA Richmond Window Corp., Richmond, VA Roscoe’s Salvage and Hauling, Richmond, VA Soda Blast of Virginia, Oilville, VA Sprinter Midlothian, Midlothian, VA Strong’s Industrial Services, Inc. TCK Equipment, Inc. Goochland, VA Tiger Equipment, Studley, VA Total Remodeling Systems, Winchester, VA

Truck Enterprises, Richmond, VA Tylo Equipment Co., Inc., Richmond, VA Ultimate Cycle Discount PowerSports, Powhatan, VA Virginia Trucking Association, Richmond, VA White Oak Equipment, Glen Allen, VA Wood-Mizer Wood Products, Inc, Shade Gap, PA Yardworks, Moseley, VA This list was complete as of press time and will change prior to the 2018 show.

NEW AT FIELD DAY 2018 Field Day of the Past is offering banner space on our fences fron ng Ashland Rd. and Three Chopt Rd. Banner space will be available for one week prior to the event, as well as throughout the three show days. Available on a first come, first serve basisCost is $250 for a 4’ x 6’ banner. Adver sing does work! Contact us for details. 804‐741‐8468 Fielddayo

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Dixie 4x4 hosts competitions Southland Dairy Farmers join 2018 Field Day demonstrations

The Dixie Four Wheel Drive Club’s annual Horse Shoe Pitch competitions are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23 during Field Day of the Past. The competitions will be conducted at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Please be at the Horse Show Pitching Pit, located across the road from the Gold Mining equipment, at noon on both days to register. Dixie 4x4 will also be holding Corn Hole Tournaments on Saturday and Sunday. These competitions will start at 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday. Please be at the Horse Shoe Pit early enough to register for these competitions, as well. Cost for participation in the competitions is $5 per person/per tournament. The Dixie Four Wheel Drive Club hosts the Horse Shoe Pitching and Corn Hole Competitions each year as a fund raising activity for their organization. Dixie 4x4 also provides personnel to drive trams and perform other duties during the show. Express your thanks to them for their valuable help.

ginia. The trained instructors teach audiences the importance of wholesome dairy foods in a healthy diet as they demonstrate the modern milking process with an emphasis on environmental practices, food safety and animal care. This program includes a 30 to 45 minute oral presentation by a trained in   Southland Dairy Farmers’ Mobile Dairy Classroom structor, printed mateis new to Field Day offerings for the 2018 season. rial for teachers, an actual milking demonThe Southwest Dairy 32-foot traveling classstration and a question and Museum, through South- room features a fully answer period. Recognizland Dairy Farmers, a lo- operational milking paring the importance of a cal and educational organi- lor and carries a live milk proper diet and a desire to zation funded entirely by cow to schools and inform individuals of the local dairy farmer produc- events throughout Virvital role agriculture plays ers in Kentucky, North ginia. The classroom is in their lives, the dairy Carolina and Virginia enjoyed by all ages, but farm families of the through the national milk is targeted toward second Southwest, Kentucky, check off program, is grade through high North Carolina and Virproud to sponsor the Mo- school students. ginia sponsor this exhibit bile Dairy Classroom at The Southwest Dairy at no charge. this year’s Field Day of Museum, headquartered Be sure to visit Souththe Past. The Mobile Dairy in Sulphur Springs, TX, land Dairy Farmer Mobile Classroom is a part of the operates 11 mobile dairy Dairy Classroom near the organization’s dynamic classrooms in nine states, 4-H exhibits. Check the agricultural and nutritional including Kentucky, Survival Guide included education programs. The North Carolina and Virwith this issue,

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FRIDAY Gas Pick‐ups* 8050# RWB Diesel Street 8000# Pro Stock Diesel (DMP) 6200# Outlaw FWD (DMP) Street Road Tractors Super Stock Semis (DMP) Open — Big Trucks SATURDAY 10,000# Super Pro Farm (DMP) 11,000# Hot Farm Tractors (DMP) 7800# Light Pro Stock Tractors (DMP) 6400# Pro Stock FWD (DMP) 6200# Na onal FWD (DMP) 5000# Economy Modified (DMP) Street Road Tractors—top 6 winners from Friday night pulls

*Three‐Inch ring or clevis required For 8050# RWB Street Diesel, NO water injec ons, NO added weight and NO propane or nitrous Hitch fees vary with classes No alcoholic beverages allowed No one under the age of 16 in pit without permission of Truck Pull Commi ee Registra on will take place in the parking lot across from Main Pedestrian Gate. Registra on will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the pull — 6:30 p.m., Friday; 5:30 p.m. Saturday

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A few suggestions for a safer visit to the 2018 Field Day

By John Meola Welcome to Field Day of the Past 2018. We hope you and your family have a wonderfully fun and safe time with us. In order to make that happen, we want to share a few tips on making your visit to Field Day as pleasant as possible. Each year, we make improvements to our parking areas and the fairgrounds for safety and landscaping, but the one thing we cannot change is the fact that most of our patrons will be walking on grass, gravel or other unpaved surfaces. According to statistics for fairs and events such as ours, Falls are among the leading cause of incidents at large crowd events. They are also preventable if we follow a few simple safety practices,

starting with: Leave the flip-flops at home! They may feel comfy but they are terrible for walking on grass or gravel. We recommend wearing hiking boots, sneakers, solid shoes with a low heel or other athletic Be careful getting on and off all rides and around all animals. Be safe! footwear. Even betlegs inside the car or comUse hand holds provided This will provide upper ter if the shoe or boot partment at all times. for stability and lower body stability when walkoffers ankle support. Make use of the People yourself while holding on. ing or standing on a range Always watch your Mover tram to save steps Avoid “jumping” down of surfaces. step. LOOK where you and energy. If you are not from any elevation. Use a back-pack or are walking. This is esaccustomed to walking or Assist elderly or infirm shoulder bag or other pecially important on hiking, consider taking the persons when they are hands-free carrier to alhills, or when climbing tram. Stops are convenclimbing or walking on low for the use of a walkon and off things like iently located across the uneven surfaces. ing stick. rides, the tram cars, show grounds. Use extra caution with Do not carry objects on buildings, etc. Use appropriate caution walkers, wheel chairs or amusement rides. They Always use the hand when getting on and off other assistance devices. can cause problems from rail when going up or the tram cars, use handBe alert for soft spots that the motion of the ride. down steps, stairs, ladrails and supervise chilcan cause a wheel to get Tuck in long hair or loose ders, ramps, etc. This is dren. stuck. straps or clothing to preparticularly important Immediately advise the We recommend use of a vent a snag hazard. when climbing onto and tram attendant of any cane or walking stick. Keep your arms and off of amusement rides.

problems or issues and they will have the driver stop the tram. Keep a safe distance away from large animals and never get directly behind them. We have reenactors who discharge cannons and firearms that could startle an animal. Wash your hands with soap and water at the stations near the barnyard. Wear a hat or other head covering if it’s a sunny day. Make sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated during your visit. Keep an eye on youngsters in your party at all times. We recommend taking a picture for help in recognizing the child in the event you become separated. Attach a name tag to the child with your cell phone number in case of emergency. Notify a Field Day Volunteer in case of lost child.

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FIELD DAY OF THE PAST ARTS AND CRAFTS APPLICATION September 20, 21, 22, 2019 ALL ARTS & CRAFTS SPACE ARE SOLD OUT FOR 2018! Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________________ City/State: _______________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________ Email: ______________________________________________ NO MERCHANDISE WITH FIELD DAY LOGOS CAN BE SOLD. Description of Merchandise: ________________________________________________________________ SPACE SIZES AND COSTS  ___ 15’ X 15’: $75.00 for all three days — NO VEHICLE PERMITTED IN SPACE ___ 20’ X 20’: $100.00 for all three days — VEHICLES/TRAILERS, ETC PERMITTED WITHIN SPACE ___ 20’ X 30’: $125.00 for all three days — VEHICLES/TRAILERS, ETC. PERMITTED WITHIN SPACE. THESE SPACES ARE LIMITED, IF YOU DID NOT RENT SPACE 188-201 LAST YEAR, PLEASE CALL BEFORE SIGNING UP TO BE SURE THERE IS AVAILABILITY. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS SEPT. 1, 2019. IF YOU APPLY AFTER SEPT. 1, 2019, PLEASE REMIT AN ADDITIONAL $25.00 PER SPACE. ALL VENDORS MUST PARTICIPATE FOR ALL THREE DAYS. Please register early. Space will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis All space requests must be accompanied by payment to confirm the reservation. Please send completed application and payment to Rockville-Centerville Steam & Gas Historical Assoc., P.O. Box 29643, Richmond, VA 23242-0643. Should you have any questions, please call Susan Menefee at (804) 350-8385. THREE DAY PASSES ARE AVILABLE FOR $28 AND MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE OF SHOW DAYS. Please remember, this is an outdoor event, rain or shine. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED. FIELD DAY OF THE PAST, THE ROCKVILLE-CENTERVILLE STEAM & GAS HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ITS MEMBERS, STAFF OR VOLUNTEERS WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS, THEFT OR DAMAGE AND ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR BODILY INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE EXHIBITOR OR TO THE EXHIBITOR. PLEASE SUBMIT A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE IF APPLICABLE. ——————————————————————EXHIBTOR’S SIGNATURE By signing this application, I certify that I understand and agree to all conditions.

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2018 Virginia fair season offers family fun through October   Field Day of the Past is a proud member of the Virgin-   ia Association of Fairs (VAF). Each year volunteers attend the annual meeting in January and over the years they have lent a hand at various tasks which present themselves at that meeting. Our Show Director, Sam Long has served as president of the association and is currently on the board of directors. We like to support all VAF endeavors in its mission to “serve association members through representation, education, information and direction which will enhance their productivity, economic viability and administrative capability, thus enhancing the economic growth, development and quality of life of Virginia Communities.” This means that we support all of our fellow fairs and festivities and encourage our visitors to attend these events as well as attending Field Day of the Past. Virginia’s fair season begins in April with the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester and end in mid October with the King George Fall Festival in King George County-A total of 65 fairs in 2018. That’s a lot of cotton candy and carnival rides, a lot of livestock shows and a massive amount of volunteer hours. Join us in supporting your local fairs. Upcoming fairs include: Aug. 2-5: Fairfax County Fair and Carnival, Frying Pan Park: 703-437-9101 Aug. 6-11: Warren County Fair, Front Royal; 540-635

-5827 Aug. 8-11: Bergton Community Fair, BergtonRockingham; 540-852-3505 Aug. 8-12: Richmond County Fair, Warsaw; 804313-9940 Aug. 8-11: Franklin/Southampton County Fair, Courtland; 757-562-3755 Aug. 10-11: Botetourt County Fair, Buchanan; 540473-8260 Aug. 10-11: Louisa County Agricultural Fair, Louisa: 540-894-6321 Aug. 10-18: Prince William County Fair, Manassas; 703-368-0173 Aug. 11-12: Newport Agricultural Fair, Newport; 540-626-3182 Aug. 12-18: Clarke County Fair, Berryville: 540955-2530 Aug. 13-18: Rockingham County Fair, Harrisonburg; 540-434-0005 Aug. 15-18: Arlington County Fair, Arlingon; 703829-7471 Aug. 15-18: Fluvanna County Fair, Pleasant Grove; 434-842-3150 Aug. 19-25: Page Valley Agricultural & Industrial Fair, Luray; 540-843-3247 Aug. 22-26: Carroll County Fair, Hillsville; 276-

Aug. 23-25: Bland County Fair, Bland; 276-688-3380 Aug. 24-26: Amherst County Fair, Sweet Briar; 4340990 Aug. 24-Sept. 1: Chesterfield County Fair, Chesterfield; 804-768-1555 Aug. 26-Sept. 1: Shenandoah County Fair, Woodstock; 540-459-3867 Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Lee County Fair, Pennington Gap; 276-346-2075 Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Highland County Fair, Monterey; 540-468-2225 Sept —TBA: Charles City County Fair, Charles City; 804-652-4743 Sept. 1-8: Russell County Fair & Horse Show; Castlewood; 276-2261 Sept. 3-8: Amelia County Fair, Amelia: 804-561-5515 Sept. 6-8: Rockbridge Regional Fair & Exposition, Lexington; 540-2952 Sept. 7-9: Dinwiddie County Fair, Dinwiddie County; 804-732-1100 Sept. 7-8: Mathews Market Days, Mathews: 804-5051209 Sept. 15: Bath County Fair, Millbrook Elementary; 540-839-7261 Visit the VAF website at for more information on additional fairs.

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