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Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show scheduled

NEW ATHENS — The Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association announces that the 16th-annual Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show will be held Sept. 7-8 on Ohio 519 (Stumptown Road), between U.S. 22 and New Athens.

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, the 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. on Sept. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday when equipment will be in operation. 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.

Show times and special events are the only times the location is open to the public, a spokesperson noted, making the show “a great time to visit the grounds.”

The event has become a miners and construction workers reunion. Many people who have worked or currently still work in the mining, construction and excavating industries have attended the show in the past. “Many tell their stories of the machinery of the past and the giants long gone,” the spokesperson noted.

A southern style barbecue food stand by Two Guys and a Grill will be on the premises.

All antique trucks, construction, crawler and mining (surface or underground) equipment are welcome. In past years, the show has attracted machinery, volunteers and equipment operators from Western Pennsylvania and Northeast and Southeast Ohio.

Exhibitor camping is available on site. Photo and history displays also are welcome. Sept. 6 is set-up day for those wanting to bring in their antique trucks, crawler, construction and mining equipment before the show.

Admission is $3 per person.

For show information, contact the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Historical Construction Equipment Association by phone at (740) 312-5385 or (330) 618-8032 or by e-mail to oldironshow@yahoo.com.

There also is a Facebook page for the Old Construction and Mining Equipment Show. The Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park and the Historical Construction Equipment Association-Ohio Valley Chapter also are on Facebook.

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