Awaiting An Engine Show

| February/March 1994

Sent to us by Gary Hargrave St. Lawrence Gas & Steam Engine Club 10 River St., Norwood, NY 13668

As a child, I grew up the victim of an addictive family. Much like the alcoholic or the drug addict, my family was addicted to gas engines. We spent the fastest months of the year, July and August, traveling all over the state of New York, and I rapidly became accustomed to the world of gas engines and gas engine shows. You know, the basic stuff: chicken barbecues, fiddle music, pot luck suppers, and who could forget the endless rain and mud.

As a teenager, I used to dream about seeing the world, and I had no doubt that I would, once I got a job and made enough money to escape the world of the gas engine. I was wrong.

Today, believe it or not, I actually look forward to the gas engine shows. Needless to say, I don't hear the chug-a-thud of an ol' one-lunger in my sleep, as I have heard was the true symptom of 'gas engine fever,' but I do feel a certain surge of excitement when the gas engine show season finally rolls around.

My favorite show of the season, I would have to say, would be the Canandaigua Pageant of Steam, in Canandaigua, New York. Not only do you get a step by step drilling of the proper workings of a sawmill and countless other gizmos and gadgets, you also get the pleasure of eye and nostril-fulls of black soot from the endless parade of steam tractors.

But, really, it is one of the highlights of my life, and every year I take a week of my vacation just to partake of the excitement.