Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association to meet June 24

The Chautauqua County Antique Equipment Association will meet on June 24 on the Association grounds in Stockton at 7 p.m. Plans will be discussed for the Aug. 15 to 17 Antique Equipment Show. Work days will be set for projects on the grounds. Planned improvements this year include side curtains on the pavilion, erection of bleachers, installation of a permanent fence between the show and parking areas and adding a porch to the museum.

The May meeting was held as a field trip to the Busti Grist Mill. The mill has been restored to running condition as a result of a 40-year project by the Busti Historical Society. Busti President Carl Schultz set the mill in operation and explained its operation to Association members.

The summer’s projects were discussed. After considerable discussion, it was decided to set up a section of the bleachers in the tractor pull area of the Stockton grounds. Scheduling for the tractor pull and other events were also discussed.

President Ray Bulger announced invitations for members to participate in Mayville’s July 4th Parade and other events. He also said that he would like to see more participation from stationary engine exhibitors at the show.

This year’s show, the 40th annual, will feature antique trucks and New York state made engines. However, exhibitors of all makes of early, historic and curious mechanical, electrical, domestic and agricultural machinery, implements and tools will be welcomed. Demonstrations: continuous, scheduled and random will take place throughout the three days. These include operation of the full-sized saw mill, fully operational blacksmith shop, threshing, baling, butter churning, chair caning, weaving and spinning. There will be parades and tractor pulls, quilt show and a pedal tractor pull for small children. The Old Dawg Bluegrass band will play on Saturday at no extra charge. Food will be available on the grounds all day each of the three days. The restrooms have new facilities. Parking is level, free and ample.