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Steam & Gas Engine Show featured Massey Harris tractors



by Garrett Fodor

Over the weekend, the Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum hosted its 35th annual show at its educational facility, which is nestled just outside of McGregor. This year’s event featured Massey Harris tractors and machinery.

  During this year’s event, attendees could travel back through time as they were able to see running farm equipment, industrial engines, and saw mills operate that are over 100-years-old. They were also able to see the evolution of the machinery to modern times as many tractors and equipment from various eras were displayed.

  Gary Struhar has been the President of the Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum for the last four years. He said many people who attend the show are shocked to see the old pieces in such good shape and still operational.

One of the biggest event attractions is the annual parade held on Saturday. This year’s parade travelled through downtown McGregor and featured 30 vintage tractors in addition to political dignitaries.

He describes the event as a mini-fair, with vendors, unique displays, and food trucks. During the event, the organizing committee tries to have something planned for everyone. This year’s attractions included a military muster display, live demonstrations, live music, and tractor pulls on the Saturday and Sunday.

  This year’s edition of the show also featured the Lazee G Horse Ranch’s Silver Star Precision Drill Riding team on Saturday. Struhar said this special feature helped to attract a crowd, which seemed to enjoyed their performance.

  Struhar said the show has come along way since its inception. It was originally hosted at Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village for the first six-years. The Steam and Gas Engine Museum was then moved to its present-day grounds.

  Struhar was happy with the event turn out this year as he estimated around 1,200 people visited the grounds over the weekend. He hopes to continue to grow and expand the sight and attract more visitors in the coming years.   

Proceeds from the three-day show help operate and maintain the Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum facility, which is located adjacent to Co-An Park.

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