Essex Gas and Steam Engine Show Marks 28 years


By Aaron Jahn

The Essex County Gas and Steam Engine Museum hosted their 28th annual show over the weekend at Can-Am Park in McGregor to showcase the history of farm equipment in Essex County.

Saturday’s events were kicked off with a parade featuring dignitaries, tractors and an appearance by a chuck wagon as well, with Gas and Steam Engine President, Ron Ducharme, kicking off the day’s events welcoming everyone, with a little help from Amherstburg Mayor Wayne Hurst and Essex Mayor Ron McDermott.

The show featured tractors, both gas and steam powered, as well as other equipment that played a major role in how our area was developed according to Ducharme.

“It’s roughly 15 years we’ve been doing it on this site, for other people that have never been here, they should come just to see the history and the pioneer equipment that we have that was used in the creation of Essex County,” Ducharme said.

Ducharme also noted that every year,the show gets more interesting, with more diversity added to their showcase of antique tractors.


One of many tractors to take part in this past Saturday’s Steam and Gas Engine Show in McGregor.

“I would say the show is getting more interesting, the park is transformed this year with our corner displays and ‘rest your feet areas’.  People will be welcome this year with enhancements like that,” said Ducharme.  “Special to this year is the Rumely tractor.  The Rumely tractor was used in the early 1900’s it was of those prototype tractors it actually runs on kerosene.”

Hurst congratulated everyone for their hard work, and was pleased at the display of history by the members and their wide array of tractors representing different era’s of agriculture.

“I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t congratulate the community and all the hard work they do to put this together year after year.  We wish you tremendous and continued success,” said Hurst.

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