Working with the slogan 'Show your kids something older than you!' Milton Steam-Era is entering its 38th year with a rejuvenated format aimed at attracting young families equally with all other age groups that have patronized the Labour Day weekend event for years.
'The antique equipment steam engines, tractors, trucks, sawmills keeps getting older but fortunately our audience seems to be getting younger every year,' explains Brad Clements, a director of the Ontario Steam and Antique Preservers Association which runs Steam-Era. 'We've got gas and steam powered equipment dating back 70 years and more, and we've always drawn thousands of people who remember those 'good old days' but increasingly, we're finding younger people are interested in the novelty of farm life of the early 1900s and the war years.
'Maybe it's Canadian a mania but our agricultural pioneers are definitely attracting attention from city dwellers as much as rural.'
Steam-Era, which is featuring Allis-Chalmers equipment this year, is offering a lot of action and entertainment throughout the Milton Fairgrounds all weekend long. From antique tractor pulls and threshing contests to the twice daily parades of rolling stock, there's always something to see and do. Families are invited to participate in games and activities every afternoon in front of the grandstand. Threshing, Baker fans, and an antique sawmill are demonstrated regularly every day, along with more than 150 full scale and model gas engines used for everything from washing clothes to grinding grain. In addition to the sights and sounds of puffing steam engines, chugging gas tractors, humming gas engines and old cars and trucks, there is the lure of the show and sale of antique and new farm toys and model railways and the popular flea market/trading post.
Agricultural history is very much alive on Labour Day Weekend in Milton at Steam-Era '98, the largest show of its kind in eastern Canada.
For further information, call Brad Clements at (905)878-6576.