Digging into history


The Historical Construction Equipment Association is holding its 24th annual International Convention and
Old Equipment Exposition this Friday through Sunday near Bowling Green. The show will be held at the
HCEA’s National Construction Equipment Museum located on 24 acres at 16623 Liberty Hi Road, and is open
to the public.
The last HCEA show in Bowling Green had more than 250 antique machines and was attended by 7,000 people.
(Photo: Old construction equipment demonstrated during last year’s event.)
The show features demonstrations of antique construction machinery powered by horses or mules, steam,
electricity, gas and diesel. Equipment and vehicles built or powered by International Harvester are
being featured, along with the National Construction Equipment Museum’s collection of more than 60
machines. Many of the machines being shown were built in Ohio communities, including Marion, Galion,
Lorain, Euclid, Cleveland and Columbus.
Members of the Black Swamp Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society will be showing their vintage
trucks on Sept. 19, and they’ll be joined by members from other chapters in the area.
Companies and the public are encouraged to bring their antique vehicles and equipment. Past shows have
had equipment from as far away as a thousand miles.
Other attractions include hit and miss engines, historical displays, memorabilia vendors, and a huge
sandpile for the children to play in.
Show hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to dark; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission per person 12 or over is $5 daily or $10 for a weekend pass.
The Historical Construction Equipment Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1986, is the only
organization in the world dedicated to preserving and documenting for public education the history of
the construction, dredging and surface mining equipment industries. It operates the National
Construction Equipment Museum in Bowling Green, and the museum includes an archives that encompasses
sales literature, photographs, repair manuals, business records and more for over 2,600 manufacturers of
such equipment from the 1870s to the present day.
For more information, visit the HCEA’s Web site at www.hcea.net, call (419) 352-5616 or e-mail
[email protected].

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