The 44th annual event celebrates antique machinery and all things steam-powered

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Volunteer demonstrators travel from throughout the Northwest to show up their fully functional steam-powered machinery to the public.The Great Oregon Steam-Up is back again.

For the 44th year, the annual exhibition to showcase the antique machinery that helped Oregon grow beyond its pioneering days returns to the Antique Powerland Museum in Brooks.

The two-week event, which opens this Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and again on Aug. 2 and 3, features antique tractors, fully functional steam-operated technology, miniature train rides and a host of family-friendly attractions.

The Steam-Up is the largest event at the Antique Powerland, a volunteer-maintained museum just north of Salem devoted to preserving and restoring antique farm machinery and implements. Each year, hundreds of volunteers and exhibitors make the pilgrimage to Brooks to show off the heritage of early-day technology and the role they played in modern technology and the quality of life.

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Miniature train rides are available during the event courtesy of volunteer train conductors.Every exhibit at the Powerland Museum – from antique cars and trucks to logging displays and vintage Caterpillar and John Deere displays – is open during the Steam-Up, as part of the event’s busy schedule from morning until evening.

The gates open at 7 a.m., followed by Steam-logging demonstrations at 8 a.m. with tours throughout the museums at 9 a.m.

Events and vendors remain open throughout the morning, with the daily parade of tractors and steam engines across the Powerland grounds breaking up the action at 1:30 p.m.

Musical entertainment provided by Wayne Richards and Southern Nights open each day at 10:30 a.m. with encore shows throughout the afternoon.

Many of the events and showcases return from previous years, but the Steam-Up has added several new features for 2014.

The French Prairie Heritage Rose Garden is open to visitors this year, presenting a repository for old roses that had been cultivated on the French Prairie prior to 1910. The rose garden is adjacent to the caretaker’s farmhouse on the Powerland campus and will give spectators an opportunity to learn of the rich history of rose cultivation that dates back in the area more than 150 years.

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Various contraptions from the mundane to the downright bizarre are featured over the two-week event at the Antique Powerland Museum in Brooks. The Steam-Up also brings a quilt show to the festivities this year. The Great Oregon Steam-Up Quilt Show features a number of quilts and quilt Patterson from the 1920s through the ‘40s.

In addition to the machines and museums, numerous demonstrations on threshing, flour milling and vintage fire apparatuses are available, and a youth passport program adds a degree of entertainment for the smaller spectators who want to get in every tractor pull and steam-engine ride.

Admission to the Great Oregon Steam-Up is $12 per adult or $20 for a weekend pass. A $30 pass for family members in the same household is available, and children 12 and under are free.

The event is located at 3995 Brooklake Rd. NE in Brooks off of exit 263 on Interstate-5.

For a detailed schedule of events and for more information on the Steam-Up and the Antique Powerland Museum, visit

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