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Small Town Saturday Night

Even though it's not actually Fall, it's Fall Festival Time. Over Labor Day I went to the Annual Argyle Lake Antique Gas Engine Association Show near Colchester, IL.

It's a show for people who have old 1 and 2 cylinder gasoline engines that used to run everything from sawmills to home well pumps. It's also an antique tractor show and pull. They have a huge flea market and a primitive crafts and food area. I used to set up and demonstrate primitive jewelry making techniques until the year it was 105 degrees with 92 % humidity and people were dropping from heat stroke all over the place. After that, I started putting all my stuff in galleries instead.

I had to do a fireworks show in Colchester that night so this year we went late in the afternoon and just wandered a bit checking out things and sampling the food.

I've got 2 tractors at the farm, both way older than me. A 1948 Ford 8N and a 1955 Ford 900 Series. Both of mine are worn and worked hard so it's nice to see the ones kept shiny and new. Here is what my 8N would look like if I didn't use it every weekend.

48 Ford 8N.

There was a nice old portable sawmill demonstration. This saw is powered by what amounts to a lawnmower engine and the saw itself moves down the length of the log. My uncle Bud used to have one that was belt driven and powered by the Power Take Off unit of his tractor. On that one, you had to manually move the log into the blade, which could get a little hairy at times.

Right next to this demo was the chainsaw carver. He looked to have been out in he sun all day. We chatted while he carved out a yard sign. Earlier in the day, he'd done some wood sculptures. If you are wondering, the yellow wood is Osage Orange. The pink is Cedar.

From there on to the Primitive Crafts are to find my buddy Harvey WalMart. His real name is Harvey Payne but he puts out so much stuff when he shows, everyone calls him Harvey WalMart. I bought 15 snapping turtle shells from Harvey and several handfulls of beads. Half the shells I'll take for trading in NM next week and the other half will make gifts for my Chief when I go to Fall Council in a couple weeks.

I was hungry by this time and it was the last weekend before starting the Abs Diet so I headed for the primitive food area. A bag of kettle corn tasted great. You can't leave this place without a good fried pork rind. Then it was on to the stew tent for a trencher of hearty beef stew and lastly a peach pippin for dessert. Pippins are fried bread covered with sugar and topped with warm fruit in a heavy syrup. Hello arteries, here meet colesterol!

So after dinner we sat around holding our stomachs for awhile and chatting until it started getting dark. Then we headed into town to set up for the fireworks show. I got some nice shots of the sunset from in town. The neon lights in the center are the Octopus ride at the town carnival.




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Sep. 10th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Your mention of both fireworks and osage orange wood in the same entry reminds me of a trick I had back in Missouri, of sneaking several pieces of osage orange into the wood pile for the bonfire... *evil grin*
Sep. 11th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, don't ever use it in a wood stove unless you like late night explosions in the house. I'm headed out your way next week. Leave me some contact info if you want to try it this time.

Sep. 12th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
If you get this before you leave... Give me a call at 505-920-4265.
Sep. 12th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'll give you a buzz when I get out there. It's a poor man's vacation again this year. I'll be mostly in Cimarron but may come down as far as your place as well.

Sep. 11th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
The colors in that sunset took my breath away.
Sep. 12th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
We may have lots of flat ground but we do get some great sunsets.

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