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A 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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AustraliaEdit

CanadaEdit

IrelandEdit

NetherlandsEdit

  • 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.[4]

PolandEdit

 
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 KingdomEdit

 
Great Dorset Steam Fair: night-time view of the line-up of 40+ showman's engines, in the vintage fairground section

Static eventsEdit

Travelling showsEdit

United StatesEdit

 
Steam tractor lineup at the 2010 Old Thresher's Reunion.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Steam-Era". Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers Association. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  2. ^ Georgian Bay Steam Show
  3. ^ "National Steam Rally back on track". Irish Steam Preservation Society. Archived from the original on 9 March 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  4. ^ Dordt in Stoom Archived 26 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "1000 Engine Rally Homepage" Check |url= value (help).[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Astle Park Traction Engine Rally". Archived from the original on 18 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Barton Gate Charity Steam Rally". Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Boconnoc Steam Fair". Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Cadeby Steam Rally at Mallory Park". Mallory Park. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  10. ^ Cadeby Steam & Country Fayre Archived 16 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2019.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Cromford steam Rally Archived 24 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Haddenham Steam Rally
  14. ^ Old Glory Events Guide pt2, 2008
  15. ^ Hollowell Steam Rally
  16. ^ Hollycombe Steam Collection
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ Kettering Vintage rally
  19. ^ Old Glory Events guide, 2008
  20. ^ "Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show, near Southampton, Hants". Netleymarshsteamandcraftshow.org. 17 September 2013. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  21. ^ "Northleach Steam and Vintage Show, Northleach, Gloucestershire". Northleachsteamshow.co.uk. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  22. ^ Ringmer Steam & Country Show
  23. ^ Rudgwick Steam & Country Show
  24. ^ "The Basingstoke Canal (Sales Stand Venues 1991)". June 1991. Archived from the original on 10 September 2008. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  25. ^ "The Robey Trust". Retrieved 15 June 2010. ...the Tavistock Steam Fair, normally takes place on the Sunday of the first weekend of June every year.
  26. ^ "Torbay Steam Fair". Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  27. ^ [2]
  28. ^ "Wiston Steam Rally". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  29. ^ "All the fun of the steam powered fair". www.readersdigest.co.uk. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  30. ^ "Annual Steam-up". Antique Powerland. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
  31. ^ The Buckley Old Engine Show Retrieved 2010-07-27
  32. ^ "Central North Dakota Steam Thresher's Reunion". City of New Rockford, North Dakota. Retrieved 3 November 2008.
  33. ^ "The Dover Steam Show". Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Power Association. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  34. ^ [3] Archived 11 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ National Threshers Association Archived 9 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^ "Nowthen Historical Power Association, Inc".
  37. ^ "New York Steam Engine Association: Pageant of Steam". Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  38. ^ "Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana, Inc". Pioneerengineers.com. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  39. ^ River Thresheree, Inc.[permanent dead link]
  40. ^ http://www.roughandtumble.org
  41. ^ [4]
  42. ^ Soule’ Live Steam Festival and Railfest
  43. ^ [5]
  44. ^ Steamstock
  45. ^ "Tall Stacks Music Arts & Heritage Festival". Tallstacks.com. Archived from the original on 5 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  46. ^ Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association
  47. ^ Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion
  48. ^ Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA)
  49. ^ Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association (MRVSEA
  50. ^ Riverbend Steam and Gas Association
  51. ^ Hook, Larry. "Thousands flock to Mason for 54th annual Michigan Steam Engine & Threshers Club reunion". MLive.com. Retrieved 2 October 2017.

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(Old Glory also publishes a 'Free' paper version at the start of each year listing UK Events.)