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Machines, parts, parade at Orange airport

  • Participants of the 38thannual  Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show line up their tractors for the tractor parade on Sunday at the Orange Municipal Airport.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Participants of the 38thannual Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show line up their tractors for the tractor parade on Sunday at the Orange Municipal Airport.
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  • Jennifer Elliott holds her son Dylan, 1, while his father Richard Howard helps him feed a goat at the 38th Annual Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show in Orange on Sunday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Jennifer Elliott holds her son Dylan, 1, while his father Richard Howard helps him feed a goat at the 38th Annual Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show in Orange on Sunday.
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  • Ed Jones of Williamstown checks the pressure on his 1993 Doty Steam Boiler, powered by an 1890 steam engine, at the 38th annual Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show in Orange on Sunday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Ed Jones of Williamstown checks the pressure on his 1993 Doty Steam Boiler, powered by an 1890 steam engine, at the 38th annual Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show in Orange on Sunday.
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  • Participants of the 38thannual  Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show line up their tractors for the tractor parade on Sunday at the Orange Municipal Airport.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Jennifer Elliott holds her son Dylan, 1, while his father Richard Howard helps him feed a goat at the 38th Annual Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show in Orange on Sunday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Ed Jones of Williamstown checks the pressure on his 1993 Doty Steam Boiler, powered by an 1890 steam engine, at the 38th annual Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas & Machinery Association Engine-uity Show in Orange on Sunday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

ORANGE — Tractors, engines and antique cars took over the Orange Municipal Airport this weekend as steam engine enthusiasts from across New England turned the place into a machinery show.

With an antique cream separator and an engine-powered cutter in tow, Dana Hill and Sandy Messer of Leominster said this was their 36th Yankee Engine-uity Show.

They were among hundreds of antique collectors and tractor enthusiasts who converged on the airport for the 38th annual Yankee Engine-uity Show for the Central Massachusetts Steam Gas & Machinery Association.

The machinery association promotes and encourages the salvage, restoration and preservation of early engines, tractors, machinery and related equipment.

“It’s fun to get together with other people with the same interests,” Hill said.

“It’s nice people and a good hobby,” Messer said.

Over the course of the two days, exhibitors showed off engines and antique cars along with old tool parts like Ford wrenches and local vendors sold crafts at a flea market.

While several tractors like the antique caterpillar paraded in the tractor show, children participated in a kiddie tractor pull.

“This is American history,” said Rick Guillemette of Orange.

Guillemette has attended the engine show for five years, selling many of the unusual trinkets he collects from cast iron cookware to chisels, wrenches and even vintage toys.

In its effort to support local business, Keeping it Local of Athol sets up shop with handmade jewelry, hand-knotted hemp, goats milk soap and candles.

Although Jonathan Michelin of Orange does not sell many items, he keeps coming back over the last four years because of the people.

It is that sentiment — shared camaraderie and mutual interest — that brings many people back year after year.

“I come for the people,” Dennis Wolf of Orange said. “We have more fun with the people. We come to have a good time.”

The group behind the show is a nonprofit educational organization that has been around since 1976. With a membership throughout New England, it dedicates its energy to educating the general public about the machinery and methods used in the development of this country.

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