The Michigan Live Steam Club has been investigating several different sites which would be more ideal for the Steam Rodeo, and the 1958 Reunion. At the last board of directors meeting, the board decided that the Allegan County Fair Grounds would be the best possible site. The Allegan County Fair Grounds are located in Allegan, Michigan, 33 miles northwest of Kalamazoo.
This Allegan County Fair each year attracts nearly 100,000 people, making it one of the largest in Michigan. The grounds have a grandstand which seats 5,000 people, shade trees, the Kalamazoo River borders on one side of the grounds. The Michigan Live Steam board of directors decided that much more room would be necessary because of the popularity of the reunion each year from steam men and the public. The fairgrounds can park as many as 30,000 automobiles at one time, five lanes of cars can enter at the same time with four exits for the departing spectators.
Lance Ferraro, President of the Michigan Live Steam Club, stated that for the first time since the Rodeos began there will be more than ample room for the traction engines and the models will be able to have a heyday. The facilities are completely modern and certainly should be more comfortable for all who will attend the Rodeo.
Steam men who plan to attend the Steam Rodeo are invited to write to Ralph Leighty, 7389 Gleason Avenue, Route 3, Kalamazoo, Michigan, for information concerning the Rodeo and possible participation.