April 24th will be a spring picnic to remember. After a year of not having any events other than the banquet I was unsure how the picnic would be attended. Well, everyone showed they were ready to be out and show their Oliver spirit. We had a record attendance with 95 people sitting down to eat. Dennis Baker and family along with Phil and Lauren Wheeler had cleaned Dennis’s barn leaving a fabulous area to gather.
His tractors were in the barnyard giving us a great collection to look at. With a couple from Lynn Smith and Phil Wheeler there were nearly 40 exceptional pieces to talk about.
The swap meet was about 12 trucks with all kinds of Oliver parts and pieces to buy, sell and trade. The guys had a great time looking at each others parts and trying to make a deal.
Inside we were selling raffle tickets for the 2 pedal tractors, lighted sign and Oliver 2255 with ROPS toy. Everyone was looking and buying items donated to the Club from the family of the late Karl Schweitzer; one of our founding members and Treasurer.
As we closed in on time to eat we were scrambling to setup more tables and chairs. You know it is going to be a full house when you hear “I’ll get the kitchen chairs”! As all the covered dishes arrived and being placed on the tables I counts around 30 desserts and a total of 48’ of food. It is so exciting to see many husband and wife teams entering the building, she is carrying large containers in each hand and her husband is carrying another. Bringing 3 or 4 covered dishes seems to be the normal.
Larry and I had prepared the pulled pork and chili and picked up the chicken. Once everything was set out there were no worries about having enough to eat. And eat we did for all the dishes were delicious.
After we ate Larry talked about getting back to normal and preparing for this year. Our summer show will be July 23 – 25 at Mid-Ohio Antique Farm Machinery Show in Richwood, Ohio. We will be setting up on Thursday the 22nd and hope to see you and your tractors there. On Saturday the 24th we will return to Dennis Baker’s for a cookout. A map from the fairgrounds to Dennis’s is enclosed. We plan to gather around 6:00 pm and eat shortly thereafter.
Our big fall event will be The Farm Science Review September 21 -23 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. Lynn Smith is organizing the tractor display so please contact his if you are interested in bringing a tractor.
All in all this was the best picnic we have ever had with friends, stories and memories all being made and shared. We added 8 new members, even one from Pennsylvania and had visitors from Indiana.
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend,