Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
Rock crushers, well drillers, steam saws, narrow gauge train engines, vintage motorcycles and lots of other early mechanical wonders of the past will be in action, at the 24th annual Fall Festival September 26 to 29th sponsored by the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) www.ctamachinery.com. The colorful demonstrations showing off the ingenuity of early designers will be held on the grounds of the Sloane Stanley Museum on Route 7 in Kent, in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills. Young and old alike are fascinated by the inventive workings of these early machines.
New for 2008 will be an expanded Blacksmith Shop with smithy demonstrations, added exhibits in Connecticut's only Mining Museum, and installation of a newly acquired Nagle-Corliss steam engine. The Mining Museum also has an impressive display of minerals.
On the narrow gauge railroad tracts, old Hawaii #5 will go into motion, belching smoke and steam, and the trusty Plymouth Diesel locomotive will power an open car for a nostalgic ride into the past. Tractor rides are another popular feature.
CAMA's goal is to educate today's public about our early industrial and agricultural machinery that once powered America and set the stage for today's innovations. Their non-profit museum next to the Sloane Stanley Museum has a host of exhibits year round that are put into operation for this special weekend.
Along with exhibits and demonstrations, visitors will find vendors and plenty of good food, including the legendary "engineers steam cooked soup."
For more information about this festival and other nearby fall events, and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, write to the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506 or visit the web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.