Gas Engine Show returns to Pratt Field

  • AJ Egloff, front, starts up one of his John Deere tractors before taking it for a cruise with Trevor Blake during the 42nd annual Bernardston Gas Engine Show and Flea Market last year. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

  • Attendees of the 42nd annual Bernardston Gas Engine Show and Flea Market last year peruse items for sale. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 5/23/2019 5:38:16 PM
Modified: 5/23/2019 5:38:05 PM

BERNARDSTON — The Gas Engine Show and Flea Market is at Pratt Field on South Street for the second time this year, but a few new events and additions have been incorporated for attendees’ convenience.

The show, now in its 43rd year, is a fundraiser for the United Church of Bernardston, and will run from Friday through Sunday.

Over the years, the Gas Engine Show has become a popular community event, typically drawing 6,000 to 8,000 attendees over the weekend, according to organizer Bob Allen. The market typically has about 100 vendors, and the show has about 100 tractors, 20 to 30 classic cars and 150 gas engine shows, he added.

Until last year, the show had been held at the field on Route 10, where the marijuana grower The Heirloom Collective is now located.

Reception of the new location last year was positive, Allen said. The new location is about 2 acres larger and has more space for parking. Last year, when people may have expected the show to be on Route 10, some people had trouble finding the new spot, he said, but this year there will be better signage.

To help people get around the larger space, the show will have golf carts driving around the field, and tractors carrying people around the parking lot, he added.

New on the schedule of events is a children’s tractor pull, set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, where competitors will drive small garden tractors, Allen said.

The tractor parade has been expanded to both Saturday and Sunday. Last year the parade had 68 tractors. Organizers hope that having it twice will draw more participants, Allen said.

Friday

■11:30 a.m. Food booths open, raffle tickets go on sale

■6 p.m. Auction, under Big Top tent

Saturday

■6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast

■8 a.m. Gas Engine Show and Flea Market open

■10 a.m. Youth garden tractor pull

■2 p.m. Tractor parade

■5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ham and bean supper. $10 for adults, $12 for children under 12.

Sunday

■6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast

■8 a.m. Church service, under Big Top tent

■9 a.m. Gas Engine Show and Flea Market open

■11 a.m. Tractor parade

■1 p.m. Engine awards

■1 p.m. Can raffle drawing

■2 p.m. Big raffle drawing

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ex 261.


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