A Labor Day weekend tradition in Escanaba is marking its 35th year this week. The annual Antique Steam and Gas Engine Show will once again attract visitors to the U.P. State Fairgrounds.
The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association deserves credit for bringing this event to the community year after year. For many families, attending the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Show has become an end of summer tradition. It is an event that is not only fun - but educational.
Anyone who has ever spent time at the show knows that it is much more than an exhibit of antique machinery. The Steam and Gas Engine Village features a variety of crafters that demonstrate skills from years gone by. They range from candle-making to a working blacksmith shop.
Those attending can also get a glimpse of the past at the one-room schoolhouse, an antique sawmill and the Steam And Gas Engine Museum.
Your tastebuds can also take a trip into the past. The general store sells baked goods, homemade ice cream, pickles, root beer and hand-mixed Coke.
The whole event is rounded out by a flea market, gun and knife show and wagon and tractor rides.
It truly is an enjoyable way to spend a day.
The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association deserves the thanks of the community for providing this gem. The group, however, does much more than one event a year. The Steam and Gas Engine Village operates during the U.P. State Fair each year. The group also opens the village during Pioneer Days and a weekend in December to mark the Christmas holiday.
The Antique Steam and Gas Engine Show will run from Saturday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. If you have never been to the village, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.