Saturday, February 21, 2015

Flywheels and Darth Vader????

We certainly welcomed back the nice 75 deg. F. temperatures here again with lots of sun! Things are still not good up in Tennessee or Ontario where the kids live, but I guess they are young and can handle it...right?

This morning Judy and I decided to take a run over to Avon Park, to take in the huge annual Flywheelers Show. This is quite an event here in Florida, and lots of people attend. There is a big interest still in very old steam type engines, and flywheel tractors. This is a 4 day event, and they all come in their motorhomes and 5th wheel trailers and camp out.

We are approaching the ticket booth to get in above... $7.00 each. The Show had a huge market place where people were selling and buying various parts, and anything else you can imangine. This event took up over 50 acres of land... so what you could do, is for $20.00 a day, rent yourself a golf cart to drive around in all day!

This is what the Fly Wheelers is all about, a great big old steam engine...

This is typical of the many streets inside this event, and actually led to a quick exit for Judy and I, as there were simply way too many golf carts, ATV's, and small tractors driving around, it was hardly safe for walking. I am not sure why they do this, but they do. All you can smell as well is the exhaust from these vehicles, so it is not a real pleasant experience walking around.

We did make our way over to the North East corner of the property to take in a bit of the tractor pull contest. It was a blast to watch. They had a kids event under way when we were there, and some big kids pulling as well. I took a few videos below which are short, and kind of wild to watch.


This young gal did a terrific job on her tractor, beating many of the other kids that were pulling. You have to pull a big sled behind your tractor, with a sliding weight on it, that moves forward on the sled the further you pull it. They just keep pulling until the tractor stalls out, then they measure your distance in feet. The first video below is of one of the kids pulling...

Next we have a couple of the big boys doing some pulling... the winner actually pulled this sled over 279 feet!

The tractors above, both had V8 engines in them of course... they could probably take these over to Daytona this weekend and run the 500!

We did very little walking around the market area due to the traffic problems I spoke of earlier. We decided just to leave, and had a plan B for more daily entertainment!

Just a short 20 minute drive north is the Town of Bartow. They have a Historic Section of the Downtown, and they were holding the 2nd Annual Si-Fi Show. WHATTTTTT you say?

I knew I was safe when I saw R2D2 and the Storm Troupers guarding the entrance to the show! It is amazing how many people dress up as various Super Heroes and make a weekend out of it! I though maybe Judy had a bit too much wine one evening when she found this show on the internet as a potential activity for this weekend. Well, I must admit, I did get a kick out of going. There was not entry fee, so I feel we made up some of the $14.00 at the Fly

I was now real safe with Superman and Wonder Women (???) on site for added security....

Now, above is a time machine. I did not dare take a seat in that nice red chair, for fear of being sent back to 19XX whatever! Or, maybe I could have vaulted into the future!

Now, my iPhone 5 totally missed the auto focus on these two AMC DeLoreans above... I bet it is hard to find 2 together anytime now... Hey, did they not take one of these "Back to the Future..." ???? Hhhmmmm.....

They had a few cars on display, why, I am not quite sure... That is the General Lee right above, and I am not sure what the meaning of the VW was... Any guesses?

And then it happened... all of a sudden in the distance, this dark cloud appeared, and it appeared all was lost, as non other than Darth Vader was coming down the road....what to do???

Thankfully, Judy calmed him down, and told him to smarten up or she would call Yoda! Yes, he even made that deep Darth Vader breathing noise you hear in the movies...

That just about wraps up another wild day in Florida, hope you had a good one...

Till tomorrow...


1 comment:

  1. Love going to the local fairs and activities, wherever we are. Especially with nice warm sunny weather.