Antique Engines and Tractors Will Run Again at ‘Crank It Up’ Show Sept. 17 – 18

Spectators at last year’s Crank It Up show gathered to watch how lumber was cut. (Photo by Elizabeth Macklen.)
Spectators at last year’s Crank It Up show gathered to watch how lumber was cut. (Photo by Elizabeth Macklen.)

SANDY CREEK – The Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek will bustle with old engines, tractors, vendors and music at the Crank It Up! Antique Tractor and Engine Show Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18, at the Sandy Creek Fairgrounds. Admission and parking are free.

Founded about six years ago by Doreen Macklen, her husband Dale and son Jim, all of Boylston, the show has grown into a “heritage show-and-tell” of vintage farm machinery, crafts, music, and traditional agricultural activities from the rural North Country.

Visitors will see old John Deere and other tractors puff away and fly wheels turn old engines to pump water, run antique farm equipment, and pull sleds with weighted loads.

“This year’s show promises to be another great family-friendly event,” said Doreen Macklen. “The fairgrounds are very accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, and we have some really interesting demonstrations and displays planned.”

Lone Cow Poke Doug Corey of the Circle C Ranch in Phoenix, NY will set up his authentic Circle C Chuckwagon, a unique living history display. Corey, who calls himself a “cowboyologist,” is a member of the Western Chuck Wagon Association and his camp is registered as completely authentic.

Not to be outdone, Woodman Dan Romagnol and Peter Fedrigon will demonstrate making wooden bowls, and make and display wooden cowboy hats, ornaments and other items made on a wood lathe.

Two Chicks Farm Alpacas of Rodman, NY will bring alpacas and items from their store. Jozette Borrman, creator of Whirled Peace Hoops, will display hoola hoops and share some of her exercise routines.

There will be plenty of activities for children and adults throughout the weekend. Kids ages five to 15 can compete in a “pedal pull” using a pedal tractor with a transfer sled to see who can pull the heaviest load.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday the Central New York Radio Controlled Truck Pullers will hold their grand national competition, racing radio-controlled trucks powered by weed eater engines, electricity, and other sources. On Sunday they will test and tune their vehicles and invite spectators to bring their own vehicles.

Also on Sunday, there will be a tractor pull with transfer sled at 1 p.m.

Other events include a one-acre corn maze, tractor games of skill and kids’ games. Music on Saturday night begins at 7 p.m. with a square dance called by the Misfits. On Sunday, 4given Strangers performs bluegrass and gospel music beginning at 2 p.m.

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