Multi-generational appeal at Antique Machinery Show

Family and farming go hand-in-hand, and that may be what draws several generations to the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show near Loyalsockville this weekend.

The show, which continues today and Sunday, features displays of antique farm machinery – many operated by grandparents teaching their youngest the value of hard work and traditional farming techniques – and contests ranging from tractor pulls to a lumberjack competition at 1 p.m. today.

On Friday, crowds gathered to watch a parade of tractors, machines, equipment and farm animals. Among the participants were Nicholas Deremer, 8, and his grandfather, Don Lepley, of Cogan Station.

Deremer jumped into a driver’s seat of a Craftsman lawn tractor his grandfather put together. The vehicle was covered in wood paneling and designed to resemble a Model T-Ford.

The bond between fathers and sons, grandparents and grandchildren could be seen on a tractor operated by Thomas Moiser, also of Cogan Station. He brought his grandson, Rylan, to join him on the driver’s seat. The two beamed on the fire engine red 1949 McCormick Farmall “H” tractor.

Equipment and machinery from a by-gone era clinked, clanked, churned and whistled.

Rugged next-generation farmers hoisted their arms on modern John Deeres.

While one such group declined to give their names, they spoke freely about the classes taught on butchering and farm tractor safety at Montoursville Area High School, but few wanted to make farming a full-time career. “It’s OK if you have the machinery and it’s handed down to you,” a young man said.

Michael Steele, of Williamsport, and his wife Karen shared an old-time gospel salvation message at a booth on behalf of a local chapter of Fellowship of Christian Farmers International. While they approach farmers, they serve all, they said.

Butch Ohnmeiss, of Cogan Station, built a train out of plastic barrels welded together to haul children around the grounds. A tractor takes them on the 10-minute ride.

“It’s one of the busiest things here,” he said of the train.

Golf carts and garden tractors are the preferred modes of transportation for most.

Nobody goes hungry. Glenda and Scott’s Ice Cream is a popular stop. The Millville business churns its own ice, cream, sugar and all natural flavorings.

One can choose to eat while walking around or stop under the roof of the auxiliary building for breakfast or a spaghetti dinner. Dave Figlo, of Hughesville, a spokesman for Lycoming County Consolidated Sportsmen’s Campers, sponsors the eats, as he has done for the past five years.