September 2, 2021 - Ohio's 18th-annual Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show will be held Sept. 11 and 12 on state Route 519 (43672 Stumptown Road), between U.S. Route 22 and New Athens.
This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of Kelley Michelli and Martin McKim.
Antique trucks, construction, and mining will be on static display and in operation throughout the weekend. Equipment owned by the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park, members of the HCRHP, Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association, Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club Chapter 22 and other organizations will be displayed or in operation such as draglines, shovels, trucks, crawlers and dozers.
The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12. Equipment will be in operation around those times both days. The Silver Spade operators cab and bucket are located on the grounds. The Silver Spade operators cab was painted in 2017 to the original colors it was in 1965.
A southern-style barbeque food stand by Two Guys and a Grill Southern Style Barbeque will be on hand. Some of the tentative food items include pulled pork, fish, burgers and loaded baked potato.
All antique trucks, construction, crawler and mining (surface or underground) equipment are welcome. “Bring your antique trucks, crawler, construction and mining equipment for some digging fun or static display,” an event spokesperson noted. Exhibitor camping on site is available. A photo and history displays area also is welcome.
Sept. 10 is set-up day for those wishing to bring in their antique trucks, crawlers, construction and mining equipment before the show.
Admission is $3 per person.
Shows, special events and volunteer work days are the only occasions when the location is open to the public. “The show is a great time to visit the grounds,” the spokesperson added.
A hoop structure has been added to the grounds since last year’s show. “This will help in maintenance and restoration of machinery owned by the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park along with being used for special events, displays and vendors during shows.”
A spring show was held for the first time during the Memorial Day weekend. Work was done to improve the grounds during the spring show with plans are to continue with some improvements to the grounds before the upcoming show.
A second Marion 111-M dragline has been added to the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park collection since last year’s show.
“We will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Historical Construction Equipment Association-Ohio Valley Chapter,” the spokesperson said.