March 20, 2014

Swap meet roars into fairgrounds


Auto collectors, start your engines. The 24th Annual International Pre-War Swap Meet at the Grady County Fairgrounds is open today and tomorrow. Parking and admission is free. Gates open at 7 a.m. daily. 

Collectors from around the world make the journey to Chickasha to buy, sell and trade transportation related items from 1895-1945. 

Morris Dillow, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has made the trip to Chickasha every year since the meet's inception. This year, he brought his 1928 Model A Ford. Dillow bought the vehicle from an estate sale three years ago. 

"It will make a really nice car for somebody," Dillow, who has been a car aficionado for 48 years, said. 

The pre-war swap meet is not limited to four wheels. Gas, steam, electric, bicycles, airplanes, motorcycles, horse drawn transportation, tractors, trucks, stationary bikes, boats and buses have all been a part of the swap meet over the past 24 years. 

The swap meet began because of the efforts of Joe, Mike, Susie and Ryan Ersland. Joe started the Chickasha Antique Auto Club in his living room 60 years ago and held the first swap meet in Chickasha in 1969, according to the event website. 

The Chickasha Pre-War Swap Meet is sponsored by The Old Pueblo Touring Association and is not affiliated with any other swap meet.  The swap meet is an annual event that will always begin the 3rd Thursday in March.

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