ALEXANDER – The annual Western New York Gas & Steam Association Rally will honor “International Harvester & Miniature Models” when it returns for its 54th year in September.

The event, scheduled Sept. 9 to 12 on the Association grounds, 10294 Gillate Rd., will feature hundreds of exhibitors displaying a range of rare, beautifully preserved and restored items. There will be working and static displays of equipment from yesteryear, such as antique tractors, steam engines, gas engines, stationary and “hit ‘n miss” engines.

Pulling events are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10, with additional events on Sept. 11 and 12. The Sept. 9 event features trucks, including a street legal stock 4×4 class. The public is also invited to pull. On Sept. 10, the pulling events include a tractor pull, steamer pulls, semi trucks, superstock, modified and a “Superfarm Tug-A-War” in which a steam engine is pitted against kids. Also on Sept. 10, there will be an old-time tractor stone boat pull at noon.

Continuous pulling through the day and evening is scheduled Sept. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. with a tractor pull featuring antique, semi-antique, 1959 and older, EGTPA and stock, off the lawn garden tractors and team pulls. The evening performance will include a steam engine versus kids tug-a-war. At noon Sept. 11, there will be a pedal pull event for ages 3 to 10 years. Farm stock and team pulls will be featured at noon Sept. 12.

A lawnmower/tractor parade for ages 11 to 18 years old is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 11.

Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the event, including the Alexander Firemen’s Band at 1 p.m. Sept. 11 and a benefit outdoor concert featuring Not Quite Right at 9 p.m. Sept. 11.

A church service at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 opens the rally’s final day, which includes a car show at 10 a.m.

Since 1967, Western New York families have attended the annual rally to explore more than 100 years of farming equipment history, bargain with over 150 vendors at the two-acre flea market and enjoy classic fair foods. Daily demonstrations include such activities as grain threshing, forges and anvils at the working blacksmith shop, the steam engine sawmill, and working models.

Nightly meal specials include a lasagna dinner from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9, and steamed sweet corner at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11.

The rally will also include a consignment auction at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 and a two-acre flea market all weekend.

Event hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a requested $8 donation for adults. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free. Parking is free.

The Western New York Gas & Steam Engine Association Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that began in September 1967 when more than 1,000 people attended its first steam show. Today, the annual event draws an estimated 30,000 attendees and the association has more than 1,300 members.

By Harry