For E. A. S. E. & O. E. S., PO Box 652, Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356
October 2 to 5, 1997 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Steam-O-Rama, presented by the Early American Steam Engine and Old Equipment Society, near Windsor, Pennsylvania. It is not the oldest show in the area, nor the biggest, but most who attend say it's the friendliest, and we work very hard to keep that reputation.
Located in York County, a historically significant area in its own right, often overlooked as tourists speed through on Rt. 30 between Gettysburg and the Lancaster County Amish Country, the area was a farm machinery manufacturing center through much of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Every five years, the Steam-O-Rama features locally manufactured items made in factories in York City and all around York County. We hope to see York engines manufactured by the Flinch-baugh Manufacturing Company, and we are hot disappointed, as these are sought after in the area and make a quality display. The Capital is another locally manufactured engine from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, with only a handful known to still exist. Small local items exhibited include Case and Root Scales, Hench and Drumgold farm tools, Leiberneight Mills, Acme wagons and farm products from Emigsville, hog troughs from many small area casters, and many more items of interest. Small and large equipment manufactured by the Farquhar Company, also sold under the names Keystone and Iron Age, are popular with area collectors.
For our 40th anniversary some very special events are planned. The third reunion of the Sheppard Diesel Owners Club will be hosted by the show this year. Sheppard Diesels were the only tractor manufactured in this area, in Hanover, on the western edge of York County. The factory is still in operation in the Sheppard family, and their involvement in the show is in the planning stages. Tractors are expected from as far away as Illinois and Kentucky.
Everyone is always welcome at the Steam-O-Rama. You can exhibit any type of old farm related product, or just come to look and eat, but if you own a York piece we are especially interested in your presence this year. If you own an item and can't make it, please consider sending us a picture and some information about you and your collection. We have heard of York items going as far as Europe, New Zealand and Australia. We will post all correspondence during the show, then add it to our permanent scrapbook for future reference. Our mailing address is above. For specific information about the Sheppard Reunion contact Floyd Miller (717)755-6946, general show information contact Sue Knaub (717)244-2912 or write to the above. Send S. A. S. E. for a brochure. Hope to see you there!