Julie Gordon of Yaphank drives a 1953 FarmAll cub tractor owned by George Hettesheimer of Port Jefferson Station. Photo: Denise Civiletti

From a 1915 Tom Thumb motor that powered home appliances to an engine the size of a room that ran a grist mill, hundreds of antique motors, engines, tractors and trucks — even an antique steam engine that pulled coal cars out of New Mexican mines — are on display this weekend at the 27th Annual L.I. Antique Power Association’s summer festival.

The event features garden and large tractor pull competitions, blacksmith demonstrations, and 1928 saw mill lumber sawing demonstrations, in addition to the chance to admire the hundreds of antique machines, motors and farm equipment on display, many of them humming and spinning.

The L.I. Antique Power Association, whose motto is “Preserve the Past for the Future,” was founded by a group of area farmers to preserve the history of Long Island’s rich agricultural heritage for future generations. Its goal was to establish a working farm museum. Today it operates on Sound Avenue farmland acquired through New York State 15 years ago, located adjacent to the Hallockville Museum Farm and Folk Life Center.

A $10 donation is requested at the gate. Kids under 12 admitted free. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

The annual show continues Sunday, July 14 from 10 am to 5 p.m.

L.I. Antique Power Association summer show

Watch antique tractors, machines and farm equipment at work, a tractor pull contest, and a blacksmith demonstrate his craft.Posted by RiverheadLOCAL on Sunday, July 14, 2019

RiverheadLOCAL photos and video by Denise Civiletti

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Denise Civiletti
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