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Free Entertainment this Weekend at the Tractor Show at Haddam Meadows

By Kathy Brown.

(September 14, 2019) — Looking for some free fun for all ages? Check out the Tobacco Valley Flywheelers Antique Engine Tractor Show being held this weekend at Haddam Meadows State Park. Free parking and free admission.

1904 International portable engine 10 hp Thermosyphon cooling low tension – make and break igniter and hot tube ignition

The tractor show is a delight for the senses: the smell of the food, the sounds of the hit or miss engines, the shiny antique tractors which have been lovingly restored. There are tractor rides, tractor parades, a flea market on one side of the field, and LOTS and LOTS of tractors and engines on the left side of the field. There’s also hot food available for purchase, and the Friends of the Valley Railroad are giving rail car rides for a suggested donation of $5.

The few sprinkles of rain that occurred while I was there didn’t stop many people from enjoying the fun.

There was an entire table of working small engines on display that were fascinating, as well as large machines. What is fun about this show is that people think nothing of driving their antique car or truck to go see the antique engines and tractors, so even the parking lot has things to see!

There were two tractor parades while I was there earlier today. Many people brought their very well-behaved leashed dogs. I saw children pointing at big tractors and dogs, young couples walking hand in hand buying antiques at the flea market, families pushing around strollers and looking at everything, teenagers having fun driving the tractors in the parade, and older folks asking questions about some of the displays.

Small working engine
Beautiful vehicles in the parking lot

The show will be going on tomorrow as well. Stop by for some family fun!

Photos by Kathy Brown.

Large operational display

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