2017 marks CAMA's 33nd Anniversary of our famous Kent Fall Festival
Here are the preliminary* particulars. NOTE: *Watch this page as it will be updated as the date approaches. Our show is always the last full weekend of September.
DATES: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 22, 23, 24, 2017 (Three days)
HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day for spectators.
This event is held rain or shine. We have plenty of indoor shelter.
Multiple food vendors available. Don't miss CAMA's famous "Engineer's Vegetable Beef Soup" and pie with ice cream. Plus, great food from area service organizations.
ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.
Coming this summer: Special Note to Exhibitors and Vendors (click here for the 2017 Exhibitor/Vendor page)
CAMA's 2016 Fall Festival was a great success attracting near record crowds for all three days. The weather was perfect all three days and festival-goers were in the mood to see machines. We have every intention of making our 2017 edition a fitting follow-up.
Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter. All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.
Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.
There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines. We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.
Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive. As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather and the will of the machinery gods.
See the progress in the latest addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science. John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.
Besides all of CAMA's permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.
One of the numerous vendor displays from a previous Fall Festival. See anything you'd like to buy???
A beautifully finished scale model of a hit or miss gasoline engine displayed by one of many guest exhibitors.
We are scheduled to have Lumber Jack/Jill demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, featuring Shannon Strong, a well-known local fitness trainer and Lumber Jill. The show will feature demonstrations of handsaw and ax skills and is always very entertaining. Shannon is also a personal trainer, strength trainer, specializing in core training, and mind-body fitness. Demonstration times will be announced at the show.
(Tentative schedule, so watch for details as the date approaches) Don't miss our Friday evening banquet. There's a limited number of tickets available, so buy them in advance at the food pavilion. The dinner is from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and will be held at the picnic pavilion unless inclement weather forces it inside the Industrial Hall. Tickets are $10 per person. Menu will be announced as the date approaches. All proceeds benefit the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association.
Parking is free in our lower parking field. When you arrive, just follow the signs to the lower field parking and a free shuttle bus will bring you to the main gate. There is very limited handicap parking next to the main gate. Additional handicap parking is available in the lower field and is so marked. The bus will make a separate stop at the handicap area. If you or a passenger in your car are unable to board a bus, then tell an attendant and some accommodations will be made to allow drop-off at the main gate. There will be seating in the Exhibitor/Vendor tent, and benches throughout the site to rest your weary bones.
Any questions about the show? Use the following form to contact CAMA.
Coming soon: Special Note to Exhibitors and Vendors (click here for the 2017 Exhibitor/Vendor Page)