Steam and Gas Engine Show

Old machinery, like this, will be on display at the Springville Tractor Puller Association Park May 18 and 19, which is the new home for the annual Steam and Gas Engine Show.


After more than four decades, an event that is a blast from the past is moving from Cedar Rapids to Springville.

The 42nd Annual Midwest Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Association Steam and Gas Engine Show will be May 18 and 19 at the Springville Tractor Puller Association Park. The move, according to John Johnson, was in response to flooding concerns.

The event had been held at Seminole Valley Farm in Cedar Rapids for the last number of years. Johnston, a Springville resident, knew the association had been looking at using the park for more events, so the partnership just made sense. The partnership is not just a one-year deal either.

“We’re planning on continuing to use this spot in the future,” Johnston said.

The goal of bringing the event to Springville is to bring more people into the town, who otherwise might not stop there.  

It was a perfect confluence of events for Johnston, who’s been going to the event since he was 10 years old. He said he’s always been drawn to the antique car and the steam engines.

The event will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 pm. The event will include steam traction engines, gas engines and antique cars, demonstrations of a steam-powered sawmill and threshing machine, belt driven corn shelling and hay press and a parade daily at 1 p.m. The event also offers opportunities for new exhibitors, the chance to drive a tractor, hay rack rides and an opportunity for primitive camping.

The event offers an opportunity for people to see how their ancestors lived and farmed back in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Admission for the event is free, but free-will donations will be accepted.

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