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Canandaigua Pageant of Steam

Some off the steam traction engines at the NYSEA's annual Pageant of Steam.

Last August I attended the New York Steam Engine Association’s Pageant of Steam.  Their annual show is a huge four-day event held on 100 acres in Canandaigua NY, which is in the western part of the state, about 35 miles south of Rochester.  This post shows just a handful of the pictures I took.  Please visit this link if you would like to see more.

I’ve known about the pageant for awhile and I live only a short distance away.  But I never went to it because I’m not particularly interested in steam power.  Now I’m kicking myself for not going sooner.  In addition to the steam powered tractors and engines, there were hundreds of antique farm tractors, all kinds of old internal combustion engines, a tractor pull, live music, good food and a huge craft and flea market.  I very much enjoyed myself and was fascinated by many of the things I saw.  Now I can’t wait to go to this year’s show and bring my family.

There are many demonstrations.  You can see plowing, grain threshing, shingle making, a saw mill cutting lumber, bulldozers pushing dirt, power shovels digging and much more.

There were hundreds of antique farm tractors. Here are some of the newer ones.

And here's a much older one.

There were hundreds of old engines of all kinds on display. Here's a row of "hit & miss" engines.

There's camping and many campsites have something to show. Here is someone's oil can collection.

This was the first tractor pull I'd ever seen. The smaller tractor on the left is about to start pulling a sled with large weight that will move up an incline, causing it to become increasingly harder to pull. The tractor will keep pulling until it can't move it any more. Then the distance is measured. The bigger tractor on the right will then pull the sled back to the starting point. Another tractor that's not shown will smooth the track for the next competitor.

You could see this 1946 Bay City Shovel and other construction equipment digging in the dirt.


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