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
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
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!