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The Spring Tractor Show at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

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Rae Costa-Pierson

With Spring, comes the Spring Tractor Show at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA. The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is a living-history museum and one of San Diego County's best educational facilities. The museum has over 20,000 items dating back to 1849, including a 300 HP Allis Chalmers Corliss stationary steam engine. All 50+ acres of the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum roar to life for the Spring Tractor Show on Saturday June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd and then again on June 28th and 29th.

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
Rae Costa-Pierson

Tour the Blacksmith Shop and watch skilled craftsman at work, learn the art of woodworking and rope making, participate in kid-friendly tractor games and a potato race, watch as antique tractors parade through the museum grounds, wander through Steam Engine Row and Gas Engine Row, visit the Weaving Barn to see over 50 different weaving looms, watch a threshing demonstration, learn how to grind wheat and corn into flour at the Mill museum, take a wagon or train ride, learn about model trains in the Short Track Railroad building, visit the Farmhouse & Parlor to get cookies and corn bread baked in a cast-iron stove, and shop in the museum's gift shop. There will be demonstrations, entertainment, exhibits, and fun the whole family will enjoy.

The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is located at 2040 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083. Telephone: 760-941-1791. Hours: 9am - 4:30pm. Admission: $10 12+/adults, $9 seniors, $7 kids 6-12, free for kids under 6 and for military with photo ID. Dry camping is also available by reservation for $60 per rig/tent and includes two museum admissions and two passes to nearby Rancho Guajome Adobe, a National Historic Landmark.