Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association, Inc., held its fifth annual 'Yankee Enginuity in Action' show on June 27, 28, 1981. The show was held at the Orange Airport in Orange, Massachusetts.
The weatherman cooperated and gave us an almost perfect weekend and early Friday afternoon the exhibitors started arriving. Camping facilities were available directly across from the airport and space was made available at the show for those wishing to stay with their exhibits.
Early Saturday morning the crowds began arriving and before the end of the show an estimated ten to 15 thousand people had a chance to see the displays of over two hundred exhibitors.
One lungers of all types and sizes chugged along contentedly as of old doing jobs of every description.
Antique cars were proudly displayed as were restored airplanes and homemade airplanes that were provided by the Aero Club based at Orange Airport.
Parachute jumping gave the crowd an extra thrill as did the large flea market.
When noontime came, there were plenty of food concessions available. A Swedish meatball dinner was provided by one of the local churches along with other delicious foods provided by other local groups
Our local Explorer Scout group was on hand to man a first aid station. They also handled the parking of cars and directing of traffic for which they did an excellent job.
During the weekend raffle tickets were sold on a one lung engine and a homemade quilt. Winners were picked Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the show.
All who exhibited their engines (gas, steam) and tractors were given a button, ribbon and plaque as a thank you for coming.
As always, the show was free to all attending.