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Antique machinery show must go on, for years to come

A year ago there was concern about the future of the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Association’s annual show.

After the 32nd annual event last summer, the association learned that they would no longer be able to use the grounds of the Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County along Route 87 north of Montoursville.

For years, the event had been a huge summertime draw that provided a fun and educational experience, with displays of antique farm equipment, tractor pulls and lumberjack competitions. It was a relaxing day to get away from home and learn a bit about the olden days on the farm.

So it was natural for us to be saddened to hear the plight of the association when it found itself without a home.

The good news is that they found one in Trout Run, where the 33rd annual show recently was staged.

The association was able to move its show to a former trailer park along Lycoming Creek, now owned by Lewis Township, and continue its tradition for a 33rd year.

It was one of the few annual events that was not canceled this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. Show officials said all efforts would be made to be COVID-19 compliant.

While we are concerned about how able any group could be in staging an event that attracts a crowd this summer, we nonetheless are encouraged by the fact that the association has been successful in its search for a new home.

This type of educational show must go on — for decades to come.

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