Programs At Hanford Mills Museum

Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest

Planning for 2022 events at Hanford Mills is underway. Look for announcements in the Spring.

See the ingenuity of the working past at the Antique Engine Jamboree

The Antique Engine Jamboree at Hanford Mills features the ingenuity of yesterday and today. Past Jamborees included a 1926 Ahrens Fox Pumper Firetruck spraying water from the Mill pond,  and the 1957 Nash Metropolitan Hook and Ladder Fire Truck Ride delighting kids just as it did at the Catskill Game Farm. Additional highlights are antique outboard motors from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, Doodlebugs, radio-controlled planes and boats, and incredibly detailed steam engine models, and more.

Exhibitors are individual collectors as well as members of the Franklin Doodlebug Club, the Antique Outboard Motor Club, the Catskill Mountain Antique Engine and Machinery Club, the Oneonta RC Flyers, and the Mohican Car Club. 

“The antique engines on display demonstrate the ingenuity of the past,” says Hanford Mills Executive Director Liz Callahan. “The exhibitors have great stories to tell of the hours of tinkering, detective work and mechanical know-how necessary to bring these engines back to working order, and to keep them that way.”

BBQ and Bluegrass

The Jamboree regularly features Tickled Pink BBQ and music by the Stoddard Hollow String Band.

The Jamboree is included with regular Museum admission, which is free for children 12 and under, Museum members, and residents of zip codes near Hanford Mills (13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806). Event activities run from 10 am to 4 pm, the Museum is open until 5 pm.  Directions available here.

“The Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest is a trip back to the working past,” says Callahan.
Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest