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The fresh, cool air of Michigan's Upper Peninsula was pungent with the odor of smoke as engineers built up steam for the beginning of the 17th annual show of the U. P. Steam and Gas Engine Association, September 5, 6, & 7 at the U. P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba, Michigan.
While the four huge steam traction engines caught the eye of those driving by on U.S. 2-41, there were many other displays including antique tractors and gas engines, as well as other antique farm equipment.
Activities in the Steam and Gas Engine Village included wood carving, candle making, spinning and weaving, quilting, and basket making. While walking by the many shops one could watch blacksmithing, or buy the best homemade bread you ever tasted, as well as other snacks calculated to excite your palate.
Everyone's favorite activity was watching the 1865 steam powered sawmill turn logs into lumber, although the 1902 shingle mill kicking out those freshly cut shingles was an awesome sight.
The old circus calliope filled the air with music of yesteryear to set the mood for folks walking through the village, visiting the Agricultural and Logging Museum or the large model railroad display, or browsing through the shops.
On the activities field the four huge steam traction engines rolled back and forth while the threshing machines extruded their golden grain into the back of a 1936 Ford truck. Maintaining the field was no problem with the Adams Motor grader mounted on an IHC 10-20 chassis.
Other features of the show on Sunday included a nondenominational church service, a pony pull, and our first annual Old Fiddlers Jamboree.
Horse drawn wagon rides were available, and who could resist looking for a bargain at the large flea market.
Plan now to attend the 1993 show to be held Labor Day weekend, September 4, 5, and 6. We will be looking for you!