Programs At Hanford Mills Museum

Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest

2021 Antique Engine Jamboree is canceled.

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

9/4/21 Update: We were so looking forward to having the grounds of Hanford Mills filled with the whirring, rumbling, and humming of the Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree on September 11. However, due to high community transmission rates of Covid-19 and the difficulty of ensuring social distancing, we made the hard decision to cancel the Jamboree. We are very grateful to the many exhibitors and collectors who had signed up to come to the Jamboree, and hope to share some of their stories here on our website and social media. We know it’s not a replacement, but it is something to tide us over until we can gather safely again. Hanford Mills remains open for guided tours through October 15.

From a 1910 Model T to a 2021 Tesla Model Y, the grounds of Hanford Mills will feature the ingenuity of yesterday and today. You’ll see 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. See antique outboard motors from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Enjoy multiple 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.”

A note about steam…

Running the steam boiler and steam engine at Hanford Mills is a hallmark of the Antique Engine Jamboree. This year, we are in the middle of work to stabilize the original 1895 stone pier for the steam engine. So, there will not be steam power at this year’s Jamboree, but the work we are doing will ensure we can demonstrate steam power for many more decades to come. Look for the return of steam power at Hanford Mills in 2022.

BBQ and Bluegrass

The Jamboree also 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