September 1, 2017 - The Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association announced the 14th annual Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show will be Sept. 9 and 10 at the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park grounds on Ohio 519 (Stumptown Road), between U.S. 22 and New Athens, just over one mile west of New Athens.
Antique trucks, construction and mining will be on static display and in operation throughout the weekend. Equipment such as draglines, shovels, trucks, crawlers, dozers and more — owned by the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park, the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association, the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club Chapter 22, members of the HCRHP and other organizations — will be displayed or in operation.
The show will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Silver Spade operators cab and bucket are located on the grounds. The Silver Spade operators cab was recently painted to the original colors it was in 1965.
The show has had commercial exhibitors and book authors in the past. Author Kerry George will have his book, "Black Damp Century," available for purchase throughout the show.
Richard Hyde will have his display on the history of the Lima factory, covering locomotives, cranes, cable hoes, shovels and draglines. The Hyde family recently donated a sign telling about the show at the entrance of the grounds.
The event has become a miners and construction workers reunion. Many people that have worked or currently still work in the mining, construction and excavating industries have attended the show in the past and told their stories of the machinery of the past and the giants long gone.
A southern-style barbeque food stand by Two Guys and a Grill Southern Style Barbeque will be available. Some of the tentative food items include pulled pork, smoked ham and bison burgers from Ohio-raised bison.
All antique trucks, construction, crawlers and mining (surface or underground) equipment are welcome. Machinery, volunteers and equipment operators have come from Western Pennsylvania, the Columbus area, the Dayton/Cincinnati area, and Northeast and Southeast Ohio over the past years.
Exhibitor camping is available on site. Photo and history displays also are welcome. Friday will be set-up day for anyone wishing to bring their equipment before the show. Admission is $3 per person.
The Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club Chapter 22 will have a meeting at the grounds on Friday evening around 6 p.m.
For more information, contact the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association at 330-618-8032 or 740-312-5385 or email email@example.com. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OCMES.