HURON — The Huron Area Antique Power Association will be hosting its 22nd annual show June 15-16, in the southwest corner of the S.D. State Fairgrounds. This is a free admission show and flea market and there will be an outdoor worship service Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., led by Rev. Dr. Howard Reinschmidt. Each day, there is a parade through the grounds at 2:30 p.m.. This family-friendly event is a great way to spend Father’s Day.
Although all brands are welcome to display, this year’s feature is vintage industrial and construction equipment along with Stickney Gas Engines.
Stickney Gas Engines were manufactured by the Charles A. Stickney company from 1899-1915. There was a wide range in sizes developed, from 1¾ hp to 20 hp, with 70-inch flywheels. They are a “hit and miss” engine. The company was purchased in 1915 by B. W. Harris and converted to a war munitions plant for World War I.
A hit-and-miss engine is a type of four-stroke internal combustion engine that is controlled by a governor to operate at a set speed. The name comes from the speed control on these engines: they fire only when operating at or below a set speed, and cycle without firing when they exceed their set speed. This is as compared to the “throttle governed” method of speed control. The sound made when the engine is running without a load is a distinctive “POP whoosh whoosh whoosh whoosh POP” as the engine fires and then coasts until the speed decreases and it fires again to maintain its average speed.
It will be a surprise to see what vintage industrial and construction equipment will be on display, but this year’s offerings will include vehicles such as the 1934 Ford BB gravel truck owned by Randie Lund from Brookings, and also the 1932 Ford 2-ton truck with a 1912 7-hp Stickney Gas Engine mounted on it, owned by Roger Kirschenman from Decatur, Neb.