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Yes, the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association ("Rough and Tumble" or "R&T" on these pages) has absolutely no association with Charlestown Township. However, for our many residents who are interested in the history of the area and the country, Rough and Tumble in Kinzer, PA is an organization you should know about. Rough and Tumble holds an annual Thresherman's Reunion in August that is a must see. Our web site has had descriptions and photo albums for the 1997 and 1998 (the 50th!) reunions for a long time and we shall shamelessly promote R&T in the future.
R&T hosts several other events during the year. I attended the John Deere day on July 24th, 1999 and will post some photos from that event when time permits.
If you know nothing about R&T, I suggest you start with our coverage of the 1997 Reunion. That posting includes my comments about the event in addition to photos. Then check out our photos from the 1998 Reunion. If you are interested in attending, check out this year's brochure and other information from last year's program. Links to all of these are provided below, as well as the basic when/where/parking/food types of information.
It's about a 40 minute drive to R&T in Kinzer from Charlestown Township. We take Rt. 113 south and then the Rt. 30 bypass west. For many Charlestown residents, it may make more sense to jump on 202 South and get on the Rt. 30 Bypass from Rt. 202. When the bypass ends, continue on Rt. 30 west. Pass through the Rt. 10 intersection and through Gap where Rt. 41 goes left. (Gap is often a bottleneck, especially on Saturday.) Continue on Rt. 30 and Rough and Tumble will be on your right soon after cresting a hill. If you have questions not answered on these pages, call Rough and Tumble at 717-442-4249.
The reunion runs from Wednesday, August 16, 2000 through Saturday, August 19. If you can, go on one of the weekdays, as the crowds are somewhat lighter than on Saturday. The daily schedule for the 2000 reunion is available here. The sooner you get there the lighter the crowd. This is not a static museum. Almost every traction engine, tractor, hit-and-miss engine and several stationary steam engines are running some of the time during the entire day. The special events start about 1pm and continue through the fabulous "Parade of Power".
If you can, turn in (right) before R&T at Hensel Road (see diagram). After turning, you cannot park on the left as that area is for exhibitors only during the Thresherman's Reunion. Parking is available on the right, opposite the side entrance to the grounds. However, this lot fills quickly, especially on Saturday, so you may be waived on to park in a field of a nearby farm. If you have to do the latter, you'll enjoy a ride on a farm wagon back to the grounds. Many tractors and wagons ensure very little waiting for these rides.
There are several food pavilions on the grounds operated by local organizations and Rough and Tumble.
There is a gift shop at the upper (Rt. 30 side) entrance to the grounds. This shop is run by R&T. You can join R&T at this shop, too. There is relatively little commercial activity on the grounds itself other than food concessions. However, adjacent to the parking area across Hensel Rd. from the grounds there are generally a great many booths selling all sorts of agricultural memorabilia, equipment parts, and of course, some junk.
I would welcome some feedback from any of you who visit this year's reunion, especially first timers.
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