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What a show! The 19th annual Upper Peninsula Steam and Gas Engine Association Show Labor Day weekend attracted people from out of state as well as from all over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
One of our exhibitors from Wisconsin brought twin Eagle tractors, a 16-30 and a 20-40; another brought a Baker fan; another from Florida brought his usual fine display of gas engines. And there were more! More exhibitors, more flea market vendors, more guests to express appreciation for the show.
Monday, Labor Day, was not good. The fog which had enveloped the fairgrounds during the night turned into light drizzle and then to rain. As the day wore on, only a trickle of people came through the gate by noon. Those exhibitors traveling long distances decided to call it quits, pack up and leave. Ah, but there were the memories!
The memories of Friday evening,- of coming onto the fair grounds at Escanaba and finding things well laid out and in hand; at finding more tractors, steam engines, and gas engines on display than in recent memory; of finding friendly and willing people ready to help.
The memories of Saturday, when people streamed through the gate to walk through the Agricultural Museum, and to wander through the Steam and Gas Engine Village. The large steam traction engines and OilPulls were ever popular. In the evening came the annual club dinner which enabled all to make new friends and reflect upon past friendships and to honor the deceased members who helped make the show what it is today. After the meal we all got together for the spark show giving young and old alike a chance to oooh and ahhh at the awesome spectacle.
Memories of Sunday were spectacular, with the largest crowd ever coming in waves, overflowing the parking areas to get a chance to view the exhibits, attend the Fiddler's Jamboree, and raid the flea market. Not to mention the sawmill, threshing, shingle mill, rock crushing, blacksmithing, and watching the spinning of thread from llama hair to be woven into cloth. And there was still more!
Who could forget the fairgrounds reverberating with the sounds of the old circus calliope, and the taste of fresh roasted corn on the cob steamed by the venerable Port Huron portable steam engine?
The show may be over, still the memories will always be with us. If you think last year's show was good, just wait until we celebrate our 20th anniversary this fall, on Labor Day weekend, September 2, 3, & 4, 1995.
Come celebrate with us!