What a Story These Engines Could Tell!

| February/March 1987

3 Washington St. Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Dublin is a lovely, picture-postcard New England town nestled in the hills of southern New Hampshire. It is also the site of the annual Granite State Gas and Steam Engine Association Show that is held each year, the first weekend after Labor Day. A quiet little show for this quiet little New England town? Heck, no! The 1986 show featured 14 acres of machinery with 402 exhibitors.

Originally held on Dublin's Common, the show did have modest beginnings 15 years ago. For all you non-New Englanders, the Common is the town's park, usually located in the heart of town. The first show sported a hefty ten exhibitors. It has obviously outgrown the Common and now meets in a huge field east of town.

For all its 15 years the Dublin show has been sponsored and hosted by the Dublin Fire Department. Jackie Corkins, editor of the Granite State Exhaust, gives much credit to the Dublin Fire Department. She says, 'When we first started using the field we use now, it was sandy and dusty. The fire department used money earned from the shows to improve the field, buying fertilizer and special grass. They built a foodstand, too. It's now a very pleasant show site.'

September 6 & 7, 1986 brought mostly good weather and lots of show-goers. If you passed by the east end of field, you might have heard Ernest Hallowell of Augusta, Maine bending the ears of an interested group of folks.

'Most of the people that come around to these shows and look at these machines don't know their real meaning. These first internal combustion engines came onto the scene about the turn of the century. Before that everything on the farm had been done by horses. These machines changed everything!'