| January/February 1979

 Route 2, Box 330, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812

The ninth annual Steam and Gas Meet and Lawn Party, sponsored by the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company, is history. Once again, the show was a tremendous success.

Gas engines, gas tractors, steam engines, antique cars, all in running condition, were enjoyed by those attending. What an opportunity to get away from the modern fast pace, as we know it, and relive those 'GOOD OLE DAYS,' and at Bridgewater.......Admission is Free!

Bridgewater offers more than a steam and gas meet. Situated in the mid-Shenandoah Valley, bounded to the west by the Shenandoah Mountains and to the east by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Virginia community of 2,500 thrives on the agricultural economy so prevalent in the area. Rolling farmlands, with livestock dotting the fields, make the Valley a pleasant escape from the hustle and noise of large cities.

Before we stray too far from town, let's get back to last year's Steam and Gas Meet. The weather was excellent! Crowds exceeded 10,000 each night, and they spent many hours enjoying the antique exhibits. Almost 300 gas engines, 80 farm tractors, 250 antique automobiles, several steam engines, and much more was on hand for demonstration. Sawmilling, the blacksmith, smoke rings from the big Fairbanks, and as I mentioned......Admission is Free!

How about a country ham sandwich? Fried chicken, french fries, the many games and rides make the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company's Steam and Gas Meet something for the entire family to enjoy.


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