Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club Moves to New Showgrounds
714 7th Street Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913
For the past 34 years the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club has held its annual three day show in August at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. The original 20 acre site, although offering many facilities, has gotten too small for the crowds that come each year. We were also limited to the kinds of demonstrations of antique farm equipment the club could present. In order to overcome these obstacles and provide expanded facilities for exhibitors and attendees, the club purchased an 80 acre site. The new site is located about four miles northwest of Baraboo, off State Highway 33 on Sand Road, which is west of US Highway 12 or four miles south of I 90-94 exit 92. The grounds being half open and half wooded will provide 25 acres of free parking for attendees, space for farming equipment demonstrations, and expanded exhibit and flea market areas.
Last October started with sounds of power saws, hammering, and all sorts of equipment as the club began clearing fire lanes around the building construction. We now have seven buildings. The first one built by the members is a 30' x 54' metal pole building which houses the band saw exhibit. Since then additional buildings on the grounds include a brand new 40' x 100' gas engine exhibit, a 50' x 100' steam engine exhibit, a 40' x 40' metal building, a 40' x 48' office and book store designed to look like a general store, and a large well house with antique pumping equipment. Presently under construction are a 30' x 56' shingle mill exhibit, a 50' x 100' flea market and crafts building, a 30' x 30' cement block bathhouse, restroom building, and a canopy/food shelter, to be ready for the 1998 show, giving us a total of over 23,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The bulk of this construction has been done by volunteers donating their skills and equipment on many, many nights, days and weekends.
Prior to construction, club work crews dismantled several large buildings for materials, two of which were taken down by 54 volunteers with their equipment and moved in one weekend.
This year's 35th annual show will be held August 21-23 at the new grounds, and will feature Cockshutt farm equipment. The club features many antique exhibits including sawing shingles and logs, threshing, shredding, stationary baling, rock crushing, horse power equipment, ice cream making in old style makers, large steam engines, antique autos, along with hundreds of 'old iron' engines and tractors powered and working.
The jewel of our show is a 1901 Keystone steam powered well drilling rig which will be operating after a 14 year restoration.
There will also be pony rides and kiddie pull for the youngsters. The ladies are not forgotten either, with a large flea market and bake sale by the Auxiliary.
Along with our '35th' the club is celebrating the 100th year of our Otto engine and commemorating Wisconsin's 150th anniversary. So mark your calendars and show directory for the 21-23 of August as this promises to be an event worth attending.
All those involved with the show wish to thank everyone who makes this event possible. Without the cooperation, hard work and dedication to the hobby we couldn't enjoy this gathering.