Rusty Wheels started in 1978 when five guys, Mickey Jones, David Hensley, George Mathews, Earl Henry & Merle Lewis, got together & put on their first show at Earl Henry's place. The next two years the shows were held at the Newton County Fair Grounds. After that shows were held in Western Grove. On May 24th, 1993 the club purchased this location from Roy "Rosie" Crawford.
Rust Wheels Train Club
In the spring of 2006, Capt Fred Hoppe and Jim Adams decided to bring a "few" toy trains to the spring show and the Rusty wheels toy train club was born. Our first display consisted of two 4'×8' tables and a round plastic table. Although or display was meager, it seemed to generate some interest. So for the following show, an 8'×20' platform was built and mounted to an old camper trailer frame. Fred and Jim displayed the old green layout for several years. As the effects of time and weather took its toll on the old layout. It was then decided it should be enclosed. Thus the caboose came to be. Built on the same frame as the old green layout. Working several years to complete. Predominantly the caboose features O gauge trains with 6 loops of track for the large size but also has two loops of S gauge tracks and two loops of HO track. After the caboose was nearing completion Mr. John Baker SR joined our little club. With his interest in S scale trains, our S gauge modular layout was built.
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Blacksmith Organization of Arkansas
We are an affiliate of the Artist-Blacksmiths Association of North America — ABANA has members not only in North America but throughout the world. We are exclusively for the education of members and other interested parties in the skills, techniques, and traditions of blacksmithing. We aspire to expose the art of blacksmithing to the public, to serve as a center of information about blacksmithing and its tradition, and to do so in cooperation with and as an affiliate of the Artist-Blacksmiths Association of North America.BOA was started in the Northern part of the state a few years ago. Most of the present members reside in that part of the state, and that is where most of the meetings are held. We are interested in establishing other groups throughout the state where there are persons interested in the art of blacksmithing. We now have chapters in Little Rock and Jonesboro.