| March/April 1976

Alliston, Ontario.

The 10th Georgian Bay Steam Show was held at Cookstown Fair Grounds August 2, 3, 4, 1975. In spite of the extreme heat Saturday, and rain on Sunday, a record crowd turned out to see the many demonstrations of various pioneer activities. Such included the saw mill, drag saw, stone crusher, shingle making, thresher, as well as numerous type water pumps in operation.

There were also individual demonstrations of rope making, carving of axe handles, candle making, weaving, spinning and quilt making, etc.

Frank Robson again had his Maple Sugar Shack which gave quite an interesting inside view of how the sap is made into syrup, then sugar.

Steam engines, small to large, huffed and puffed around the track. Many were belted up to show young and old how they did their stuff in days gone by. No trouble knowing when it was dinner time as all whistles were blown at 12 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. George McKinless took the trophy for the best restored steam engine with their beautiful Robert Bell, a Canadian engine made in Seaforth, Ontario.

Tractors were more numerous this year. Most makes were visible and together they represented many thousands of hours spent in restoration. The trophy was won by George Parr with his Eagle Tractor.


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