HAMILTON — People from all over Northwest Missouri had the chance to visit the 56th Annual Steam and Gas Engine Show this weekend.
The three day event was put on by the Northwest Missouri Steam and Gas Engine Association. At the event, visitors had the chance to visit vendors, see demonstrations, participate in a tractor cruise and much more.
President of the association Kendall Morgan said the event does a great job at bringing many people out to enjoy themselves.
“Most people around here are all neighbors and friends, and it’s a really good place for us to all get together,” Morgan said. “When the shows first started years ago, they were called reunions, not shows. So it was a good thing for the community and everyone to get together.”
Morgan thinks that the weather caused a smaller turn out this year, but he’s still pleased with the results.
“We had a wonderful time,” Morgan said. “The weather was a little difficult on us with the rain and stuff, but it’s nice to have rain in August. We still had a lot of events going on.”
One of the main events is Antique and Classic Tractor Pull. The event was set to take place on Saturday, but was cancelled due to the weather.
Morgan believes having an event like this does a great job at educating the younger generation.
“This is your heritage of most farmers and people that live in the rural community,” Morgan said. “This is where they grew up. And I think it’s important for the kids to know where we all came from. It’s a little hard for young people to get involved because there’s no place to plug a cell phone in on a steam engine.”
One of the ways the Engine Show gets younger visitors involved is by doing a pedal tractor pull. The pull took place on Sunday with over one
8-year-old Carter Henry competed in the tractor pull and ended up taking first place in his category for the fourth year in a row.
“I just like to try the pedal pull,” Henry said. “It’s a good event for the community and a good event for the kids.”
The next event sponsored by the association will be a car show in September.