steam fair or (steam rally) is a regular organised gathering of historic steam-powered vehicles and machinery, open to the public. Typical exhibits include: traction engines, steam rollers, steam wagons, and steam cars. Often, the scope is widened to include other historic exhibits such as stationary engines, internal-combustion -powered road transport, agricultural and construction vehicles, working horses, woodcraft and the like.
A typical steam fair consists of:
A parade ring or track in which vehicles may be demonstrated Trade and craft stalls related to the exhibits Areas where vehicles may be examined more closely and the public may talk to owners and operators Entertainment areas (often, a beer tent) with food, drink, and evening music A fairground area may also be included in the event
The following is a geographic list of these gatherings, some of which are referred to as
rallies or as festivals. The list does not include static steam museums unless they host a particular event that falls into the classification.
In addition there are some travelling shows powered by steam. Where these are referred to as
steam fairs they are included in the list.
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Australia [edit source | edit ] Canada [edit source | edit ] Ireland [edit source | edit ] Netherlands [edit source | edit ] Dordt in Stoom, Dordrecht - (1985- ) bi-annual large event in and around the historic harbour district with steam powered ships, trains, river boats and other engines. [3 ] Poland [edit source | edit ]
Steam locomotive parade in Wolsztyn
Wolsztyn – (1993- ) annual steam locomotive parade held the last weekend of April near a historic roundhouse Chabówka – (2005- ) "Parowozjada" - steam locomotive parade held the last weekend of August in a railway museum near the railway station United Kingdom [edit source | edit ] Static events [edit source | edit ] 1000 Engine Rally, Chelford, Cheshire, staged in June (1985 - ) [4 ] Abbey Hill Steam Rally Yeovil, Somerset (1980 -) (Next Rally May Day Bank Holiday Weekend - Friday 2 - 5 May 2014) Astle Park Traction Engine Rally, Chelford, Cheshire, staged in August [5 ] Barton Gate Charity Steam Rally - (1995- ) [6 ] Burtonwood airfield, Lancashire (1970s—1980s) Cadeby Steam & Country Fayre – 44 years (1964-2008) [7 ] [8 ] Castle Combe, Wiltshire, held in May Cambridgeshire Steam Rally, Swavesey – (2009- ) Cromford Steam Rally 38 years (as of 2008)) [9 ] Great Dorset Steam Fair – (1968- ) Grand Henham Steam Rally - (1974- ) Haddenham Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show - (1974- ) [10 ] Holcot Steam Rally & Country Fair 11th year (2008) [11 ] Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show – (1986- ) [12 ] Kettering Vintage Rally & Steam Fayre - (2000- ) [13 ] Knowl Hill Steam Rally – ( -2004) Lincolnshire Steam and Vintage Rally 23rd year (2008) [14 ] Market Bosworth Steam Rally Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Fair - (1971- ) [15 ] Mosterton Summer Show (Latest Rally - 2nd & 3rd July 2011) Portland Steam and Vintage Show – (2004- ) [16 ] Rudgwick Steam & Country Show – (1987- ) [17 ] Rudgwick, West Sussex Rushmoor Steam Rally – ( - c1991) Rushmoor Arena, [18 ] Aldershot, Hampshire Somerset Steam Spectacular - 52nd year. mid july (2011) Tavistock Steam Fair [19 ] Torbay Steam Fair – (1987- ) [20 ] Wiston Steam Rally – (2011- ) [21 ] West Sussex Travelling shows [edit source | edit ] United States [edit source | edit ] Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum - bi-annual show in Vista, California Antique Powerland, Brooks Oregon. Annual Steam-Up [22 ] Antique Power and Steam Show - Large annual show taking place in the Lake County Fairgrounds in Indiana. Badger Steam and Gas Show - Annual show hosted by Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club near Baraboo, WI The Buckley Old Engine Show in Buckley Michigan [23 ] Central North Dakota Steam Thresher's Reunion – (1958- ) [24 ] Great Steamboat Race - (1963- ) annual round trip race from Louisville, Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana and back between steamboats on the Ohio River [25 ] Old Thresher's Reunion - (1960- ) Labor Day weekend, Mount Pleasant, Iowa. National Threshers Association (1944- ) annual reunion/show held in Wauseon, Ohio, last full weekend of June [26 ] Pageant of Steam - (1960- ) annual fair held in Canandaigua, New York [27 ] Pawnee Steam and Gas Engine Show - held first full weekend in May in Pawnee, OK Pioneer Engineers Club of Rushville, IN - yearly show in Rushville, IN [28 ] Rock River Thresheree Edgerton, Wisconsin – (1955- ) [29 ] Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association Kinzers, Pennsylvania [30 ] Soule’ Live Steam Festival and Railfest annual event held the first weekend in November in Meridian, MS. [31 ] Steamstock: An Antiquarian Exposition in Point Richmond, CA is an annual event held in July in a former Ford motor factory, next to the Rosie the Riveter Museum. [32 ] Tall Stacks - held every 3 or 4 years in Cincinnati, Ohio since 1988; is a fair for steam powered riverboats. [33 ] Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion (WMSTR) Rollag, Minnesota [34 ] Cama Powerup Spring and Fall Kent, CT [35 ] Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association Back to the Farm Reunion Boonevill, MO [36 ] Riverbend Steam and Gas Association Allendale, MI [37 ] Notes [edit source | edit ] See also [edit source | edit ] External links [edit source | edit ] (Old Glory also publishes a 'Free' paper version at the start of each year listing UK Events.)