Brownsville Steam Show 2018

October 11, 2018 - No Comments

by Jim Barnes

On the weekend August 11-12, 2018, we and other members of the 28th Infantry, Co. K (reenacted) , set up a WWII living history camp at the National Pike Steam,Gas and Horse Association show at the Association’s property off Rt. 40 outside of Brownsville, PA.

The event is historical in nature due to its focus on the restoration and preservation of historic machinery and vehicles. Additionally, Reenactment groups are welcome to register to set up camps for the education of the public. The 40th PA Civil War reenactment group also had a camp set up near the WWII camp.

Antique farm and construction equipment, steam engines, a virtual coal mine and rock crushing are featured. There is also a flea market and antique car show. There was a bandstand featuring live music throughout the weekend and a polka band played through much of Saturday. There are a number of food vendors on the grounds as well.

Some members stayed for the whole weekend, but we opted to make a day trip of it and brought only the small GI display this time. One member drove over from Ohio in his 1942 Dodge command car and needless to say, this vehicle generated a good bit of interest.

We had the opportunity to talk with a lot of members of the public and also had the privilege of talking with a couple of WWII veterans who enjoyed the display.

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