In addition to our main show in September, the club has hosted and participated in other events throughout the years.
One of our longest running event is the Columbia Station Engine Show. It was started in 1976 by Dave Sampson and Roger Fitch who wanted to have a small show. Members of the Kiwanis Club thought the Columbia Township Park was the perfect location and sponsored the show. To gather interest in the show, area businesses donated door prizes to be given away to exhibitors. That show took off and continues to draw exhibitors and spectators from all over Ohio. After Dave moved to sunny Florida his son, Tom, took over organizing the show that is enjoyed by all.
Another long running event is the Spring Warm-up and Plow Days. It all started about 30 years ago when Bob Gordon was part of a group of enthusiast that enjoyed having a horse drawn plow days that was hosted by a different farm each year. In the meantime the LaGrange Engine Club hosted a Spring Warm-up at various parks such as Sheldon Woods in Grafton. Then somewhere in the 1990’s the Gordon Farm included the Club and the event became the Spring Warm-Up and Plow Days and has been at their farm ever since. The show includes anything from models, stationary engines, antique cars, steam engines to horse drawn plowing to a scooter cruise-in; and of course tractor plowing. This event concludes with a Potluck lunch held in the workshop.
Other events throughout the years include exhibiting at the Lorain County Fair, the Olmsted Historical Society Car and Engine show, and the Piston Power Show. Our members have also been a part of area bicentennial celebrations. The season ends with a Members’ Fall Potluck held at the Heritage Barn in October.
Please visit the drop down menu to see details of upcoming special events.