ONTARIO STEAM & ANTIQUE PRESERVERS ASSOCIATION


| November/December 1963



The Ontario Steam and Antique Preservers Association held their 3rd annual show in Milton, Ontario, over Labour Day weekend when an estimated 27,000 jammed into the Milton Fairgrounds to make it a 'Fantastic' success.

From Friday morning until Monday night, the Association members presented a gala showing of steam engines, gas tractors, small gas engines, antique equipment, threshing and other farm demonstrations and machinery that thrilled the thousands of visitors from all over Canada and the United States.

Monday's crowd, estimated at 14,000, was the largest crowd ever seen in Milton at any one time in the town's 106-year-old history. 'This is terrific... fantastic,' said the president, Gordon Smith of Orillia. 'We never expected such a response. If this keeps up, ours will be the largest steam show in Canada'. He issued an invitation to all the visitors to rejoin the Association for another bigger and better show on the same holiday weekend, next year.

There were 30 traction steam engines; 35 antique tractors; 40 gas engines; 56 vintage cars and trucks; and many miscellaneous pieces of farm equipment, too numerous to mention, buildings full of models, and antiques of all kinds.

Milton Chamber of commerce cooperated in publicizing this year's Reunion with a gala week long Old-Fashioned Days celebration throughout the town. Friday started out with a parade around the track atone o'clock of a large variety of machinery, followed by a full program of threshing, log sawing, hammer mill, prony brake, baker fan, and many other demonstrations put on by the huge steam monsters and other equipment. The 7 P.M. parade through the town was followed by an Old-Tyme dance on the street with many of the local residents in old fashioned costume.

Saturday started off with a bang when about 9 A.M. the people started flocking in and by night there was an estimated crowd of 12,000 on the grounds. This day was full of activity, machines always putting on demonstrations in front of the grandstand, one large parade through the town at 12:30, lead by an antique car, owned by Fred Thompson, and he had as passengers Hon. Wm. Stewart, minister of Agriculture, and his wife. After the mammoth parade the Show was officially opened by the minister, assisted by President Gordon Smith, Mayor Syd Childs, of Milton and Adrienne Nurse of Ash grove, Halton's Dairy Princess.