Shows 2009

List of Shows in 2009

2009 was a great show season. For the most part the weather was very good and with the exception of one tornado, all went well.

Big Valley steam show – July 18, 19 - it was fantastic this year and the warmth shown to me by the organizers is nothing short of humbling. I had this great idea that I would take the family camping to this one as we could pitch a tent on the grounds. This is where the first lesson was learnt. Make sure that someone brings the tent poles, or at least there is a list where tent poles are described.  We did a fantastic makeshift job of creating a tent from my engine stands. It was unfortunate that we were pitched between an antique metal box car and the museum signs because the wind which picked up at midnight had the train car booming like thunder and was a great warning for when the tent began to rip away in the wind. The rest of the night was spent uncomfortably in the truck. It was only Ernie and Litha’s fantastic breakfast that raised our spirits from that rather memorable night.

Leduc West Antique Society - July 25, 26 – A great show. No family as they were scared away from engine shows for a while. I got a really bad case of heat stroke the first day. It has not been that hot for a very long time.  First serious attempt at running the Fairbanks Y. It bounced a lot until with the help of Klaus the engine whisperer, we got her tamed. I realized there is a lot of work which needs to happen to her cooling system and anchors to get her into show condition.

Leslieville show -  August 1, 2 - Fantastic show.  Began to rain at the end of the second day, so I was very thankful that it held off.  My friend Tom came with me and brought his engines.  He was a great help, as well as Doug who happily tended to the Fairbanks Y all weekend.

Irricanna Show -  August 7, 8, 9 - Another great show.  This was the home club.

Reynolds Museum Fair -  September 5,6

Iricanna Stationary Engine Days - September 12, 13 – My local club.

Camrose Museum Thresher days -  September 20

 

Westlock Alberta – June – 6th and 7th

Click here to visit the Canadian Tractor Museum

Westlock show – June 6, 7 – A great start to the show year!! Unfortunately, Dan did not show up to display this year. He did not feel that his engines were in the best of condition and was frustrated by it all. It was great to see him and his brother Max however. I attempted to run the 15 hp FBMZ elevator engine for the first time on the trailer, but sadly it vibrated too much for the trailer. More YouTube videos to follow. A number of the pictures are from my last minute visit to the Canadian Tractor museum which Dan and Max contribute to. It is also just off the show grounds.

Lacombe show -  June 20, 21  Things were insanely busy by this time and I was unable to make it.  I hear it went well.  It would have been great to have seen Ray Dredger again.Markerville – June 27, 28  See above.  I really wanted to make this one.  I hear that Randy from the Reynolds was a big hit with his Fairbanks tractor.

July – Calgary Stampede – This is called an AG event but it is far from it.  These guys are not interested in anything more than really bad stereo types of the american cowboy.  They haven’t had engines there for years and their attention to farm life revolves around big corporations.  I almost was able to avoid this one except that my family dragged me to the grounds.   I can’t begin to describe how little this represents the western way of life.

Big Valley steam show -  July 18, 19 – It was fantastic this year and the warmth shown to me by the organizers is nothing short of humbling.  I had this great idea that I would take the family camping to this one as we could pitch a tent on the grounds.  This is where the first lesson was learnt.  Make sure that someone brings the tent poles, or at least there is a list where tent poles are described.  We did a fantastic makeshift job of creating a tent from my engine stands.  It was unfortunate that we were pitched between an antique metal box car and the museum signs because the wind which picked up at midnight had the train car booming like thunder and was a great warning for when the tent began to rip away in the wind.  The rest of the night was spent uncomfortably in the truck.  It was only Ernie and Litha’s fantastic breakfast that raised our spirits from that rather memorable night.

Leduc West Antique Society -  July 25, 26 A great show.  No family as they were scared away from engine shows for a while.  I got a really bad case of heat stroke the first day.  It has not been that hot for a very long time.  First serious attempt at running the Fairbanks Y.   It bounced a lot until with the help of Klaus the engine whisperer, we got her tamed.  I realized there is a lot of work which needs to happen to her cooling system and anchors to get her into show condition.

Leslieville – August 1st and 2nd

Irricana – August 7,8,9: This is my club show grounds pictured here.

Reynolds Museum - September 5th and 6th:  Probably the most prestigious show in the area as there is always some really great stuff there!

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