Vintage Steam Engines at Earlton Antique Show

1897 engine

Len Hartzke of Hailebury looking at an 1897 engine at Earlton show.

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The following story, Northern Bureau, is reprinted with permission of the North Bay Nugget of North Bay, Ontario

EARLTONT he sights and sounds at the Northern Stockyards in Earlton on Saturday and Sunday were a bit out of the ordinary.

The stockyards were the site of the ninth annual Earlton Steam and Antique Show, where steam machines, vintage cars and craft displays delighted the large crowds.

The show, which is the only one of its kind in Northern Ontario, attracted more than 150 exhibitors. Spectators had an opportunity to see a steam-powered crane lift a concrete form; and rides were given on a 1909 steam tractor, which blew its whistle at frequent intervals.

A display of antique cars ranged in years from 1912 to the late 1940s.

New additions to the crafts display were a potter, two spinners and a weaver. Spectators were treated to a first-hand glance at how these techniques are performed. And if no one minded getting dirty hands, there was a standing invitation to create something on the potter's wheel.

Other craftsmen, including quilters, knitters and bakers were also on hand to sell their wares or to answer questions pertaining to their skill.

Dorothy Houston, secretary-treasurer of the Earlton Steam and Antique Farm Society said this year's exhibition was a success. 'Everyone seemed to have a good time and found the whole show very interesting. The out-of-town exhibitors were amazed and thrilled by the whole thing,' she said.

The show is organized annually by the steam and antique society, the Temiskaming Machine Club and the Historical Auto Society. The Kerns Central Lions Club looked after the parking and admission gates.

Plans are now underway for next year's show, which Mrs. Houston said 'promises to be bigger and better.'