1206 S. Pine Street Janesville, Wisconsin 53546
It seems like only a few months back, but in reality it was in the fall of 1974 when a half-dozen of us met together in my classroom in the Seventh-Day Adventist Elementary School in Escanaba, Michigan, to make plans to form the U.P. [Upper Peninsula] Steam and Gas Engine Association and to prepare for our first show.
How could we succeed? We were so few in number. We had little equipment. Our sawmill was a rusty pile of iron. We even had to borrow $1000 to finance the first show. But, we had a dream!
We had a dream of having our own museum, old time village, sawmill, and more, all on the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. More than that, we had a dream that people would come to exhibit their equipment from far away, as well as locally. People would come to enjoy our hospitality by the thousands, from as far away as Florida and California.
Those of you who could make it to the 20th anniversary show know that many of our dreams have been full filled. The steam powered sawmill runs smoothly under its protective shed. A cut-off saw, shingle mill and rock crusher have been added.
The old time village with its black smith shop and stores intrigue young and old alike. The museum featuring its Corliss steam engine and the Association's 15 HP Badger side shaft engine provide a look at the past which the younger generation might never other wise see. And of course, there was lots of good food available.
But more important than this were the good feelings and friendship among the Association members and guests who had more than adequate time to renew old friendships and form new ones.
A big thank you to all who joined with the more than 8,000 people who helped us celebrate our 20th Anniversary Show. A big thank you to all the members who have labored so hard and long for the success of the Association. And a big thank you to our president, Skip Dufour, who has held this office for 20 years, and whose leadership has enabled us to grow and prosper.
Did you miss our 20th Anniversary Show? You can make up for it by attending our 21st annual show to be held Labor Day weekend, August 30-Sep-tember 2, 1996 at the U. P. State Fair grounds in Escanaba, Michigan.