28th annual Antique Gas and Steam Engine Exhibition June 12-13 in Madrid
Monday, June 7, 2010 - 4:41 pm

 MADRID -- The 28th Annual Antique Gas and Steam Engine Exhibition will be held at the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13 at the museum's Goolden-Mann Farm on St. Rt. 345.

The grounds will be open both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday morning will see teams of draft horses weighing in for the first-ever pulling contest.

The new Maple Sugar House will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday. It features antique sugaring equipment. Hugh Newton of the St. Lawrence County Maple Producers says that New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker is expected to attend.

A newly expanded exhibit, How New Technology Changed Lives, will be opened.

The first ever Checkers Championship for young and old competitors will begin at 1 p.m.

There will be two weight classes for the draft horse pull, heavyweight and lightweight. Teams from throughout the North Country arrive Saturday morning and weigh in between 9 and 10:30 a.m. At 11, the teams will head to the dirt pulling track where a sled or boat loaded with weights will await them. In repeated trials, teams will be hitched and compete for distance and weight pulled. The most powerful teams will receive trophies and prize money. Those interested in the competition may contact John Castle for more information at 322-5663.

On both days there will be lots of exhibits and events including morning and afternoon plowing schools and antique sawmilling, early textile demonstrations, lots of engines, amazing devices and strange equipment, farm animals and kids games in the barn, the chicken coop and milk house, antique cars and trucks, and horse and tractor parades. There will be crafts and attic treasures, too.

Saturday at 2 p.m. is the annual Old Iron Auction. Members and friends are invited to drop off donations for this event at the museum.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the spaghetti dinner starts, with live music by Pure Country at 6:30. Sunday will feature the antique tractor pull competitions.

Also on Sunday, Honey Dew Acres will offer pony rides for kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual Kids Pedal Pull competition will get under way at 1 p.m.

Sunday at noon, a barbecued chicken dinner begins, continuing until it’s all gone.

Admission is only $4 for those 12 and older. Smaller kids are free. Once in, all events and activities are mostly free, except food. Leisurely wagon rides are a great way to get around and see everything. Proceeds support the museum’s growth.

For more information visit www.slpowermuseum.com or call 344-7470.