MADRID -- The annual Antique Gas and Steam Engine Exhibition begins Saturday at 1755 State Highway 345, with open houses, tractor pulls and activities throughout the Saturday and Sunday show.
Roger Austin, St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum secretary, said this will be the public’s first chance to see the Evans Mills school house and the new horse barn which are still under construction.
“The horse barn was built by Amish workers and the whole thing was done with pegs,” he said. “It’s pretty neat.”
Austin said the schoolhouse was disassembled and hauled from Evans Mills. The small house dates back to the 1800s and still has the stains from the fireplace and names of students carved into the wall.
“It’s a work in progress, but you will be able to see it,” he said.
While the new additions to the festival are welcomed, the exhibition will include its staple events as well.
The horse pulls will be held Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. with a miniature horse pull, followed by the draft horse pull at 1 p.m.
“I think we started the miniatures last year and people really liked it,” he said. “If you’re a good man, or you have a friend with you, you could pick one of these guys up. They are pretty small,” he said.
A tractor and horse parade will split the events at 12:30 p.m. A children’s pedal tractor pull will be held at 1 p.m.
On Sunday the antique tractor pull will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I think the tractor pulls are one of the reasons people really like to get out here. They are probably our biggest event,” Austin said. A second pedal tractor pull will be held at 1 p.m. “We’ll have prizes for the kids,” Austin said.
Events begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and continue throughout the day. Pure Country will perform 6:30 p.m. to close out the night Sunday, events begin at 8 a.m. A tractor parade will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by a chicken barbecue at 12 noon. Aside from the major events, Austin says visitors can keep busy with a variety of demonstrations.
“We have a lot independent hobbyists that will be showing-off all sorts of antique equipment.”