2908 Maple Ave., Eden, New York 14057
The New York Steam Engine Association held its 28th annual show on August 11, 12, 13, and 14, 1988 at its 30 acre show grounds, Gehan Road, Canandaigua, New York. The show, being one of the biggest in New York state, attracts enthusiasts from many states and provinces.
Some 150 tractors were displayed representing many manufacturers. Daily parades along with Friday and Saturday evening antique tractor pulls gives these tractors a chance to show their stuff. Tractors, 1941 and older, without modifications, must be on display during the show to qualify for the pull. Contestants must be at least 16 years old and act in a sportsmanlike manner. Horsepower classes are formed, decision of the judges is final. Trophies are presented to the winner.
Gas engines play a major part in our show. Some 450 engines at various stages of restoration were displayed. Gas engine and tractor exhibitors who are club members are allowed to buy, sell, and trade related parts, free of charge, near their display. This rule has been in effect at Canandaigua for many years, cultivating a reputation as a great place to 'catch that great deal'.
An operating 150 HP Corliss steam engine attracted a lot of attention, along with nine steam traction engines that frequently paraded past the bleachers.
Our 60 x 100 storage building is transformed into a huge model building where rows and rows of steam and internal combustion models are displayed by their creators.
And don't miss our Flea Market! Approximately 100 concessions selling everything from soups to nuts are located at the north end of the grounds.
Then after you've trudged around the grounds, trying to take everything in, it's time to eat. The Ladies Auxiliary runs the food pavilions, including a short order kitchen with hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, pies and cold drinks plus a dinner kitchen where chicken barbecue and steam cooked roast beef dinners are available. Afterwards stop at the ice cream stand and top it off with a refreshing cone.
Mark down August 10, 11, 12, and 13 on your 1989 social calendar; that's when it happens again. Camping is available, free to club members who exhibit. You might need that extra day to enjoy it all. They don't say 'I love New York' for nothing- you'll love it too. See you there!