NEW CASTLE — Train rides, crafts, and tractor pulls take center stage this weekend in Portersville.
The town is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Portersville Steam Show, which begins today.
The Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association has been holding the show since 1963 and through the years, the event has become a proud tradition for those who take part in it.
It began as a nostalgic tribute to the steam traction engine and the threshing process. The club was built around a single 1911 Case engine, owned by Charles McMurray. This engine is still a prominent feature, now owned and displayed by the family of the late Wendell Bintrim.
Originally a traveling exhibit at the Lawrence and Butler county fairs, as well as the Lancaster Township community center, the show found a permanent home in 1975 when the club purchased an abandoned strip mine in Portersville.
Now it extends across 20 acres, and hosts three shows throughout the year. However, none is larger than this weekend’s summer event.
Among other things, the show will feature a vintage village, including a log home, a carpenter’s shop, a machine shop and an old gas station. Features such as these help to recreate the feel of the mid- to late 1800s.
Each day of the show will feature a tractor pull, which are always fan favorites.
The show also will include a cider press, gas engines, farm animals, food, ice cream and a large flea market.
The weekend of family fun kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Tickets are $2 today and Sunday, and $5 tomorrow and Saturday. Children under the age 12 enter for free.
For more information on the Portersville Steam Show and the Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association, visit www.portersvillesteamshow.org.