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Sputtering to life

Enthusiasts gear up for U.P.?Steam and Gas Engine Show

August 29, 2012
By Jenny Lancour - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - Everyone of every age, make and model is invited to attend the 37th Annual U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association Show this weekend in Escanaba, where a variety of activities and displays are planned Friday through Monday.

"It's a real family-orientated deal," explained Club President Skip Dufour, listing what's happening during the four-day event held annually at the local fairgrounds.

Each Labor Day weekend, the event features displays and demonstrations of antique steam engines, gasoline engines, tractors, and other farm machinery.

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Jim Johnson of Hyde will be displaying his equipment during the U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Show taking place Friday through Monday at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. (Daily Press photo by Jenny Lancour)

The steam and gas engine museum is open along with the antique village.

The public can visit an antique school house, barbershop, telegraph office, general store, ice cream parlor, and rock shop, said Dufour. Food and refreshments are available for sale along with a pie sale.

The village's 1861 sawmill will be in operation, he added. A variety of demonstrations will be available including glass blowing, rug weaving, candle-making, spinning, pottery, wood carving, and blacksmithing.

The newest addition to the village is the new railroad depot with a model train display, Dufour said, also highlighting the annual flea market, horse-drawn wagon rides, and gun and knife show. Antique tractor races and other games are also planned.

The weekend event begins Friday with preview night from 1-5 p.m. Hours for Saturday, Sunday and Monday are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association was founded in 1976. The non-profit corporation is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and exhibition of early steam engines, gasoline engines, tractors, farm machinery, and other items of historical interest.



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