About Chickentown Gas & Steam
The Chickentown Gas & Steam Association is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1993 by a group of local residents that have a common love. That is the love of antique equipment. The majority of these people had been involved with antique equipment for many years prior to the start of this club. Prior to 1993, we would get together on Memorial Day weekend for a picnic at the present site of the steam show. This picnic started with a handful of people and year by year it grew in numbers. We would bring out a few pieces of equipment and "play" for the afternoon. Finally in 1992 we had so many people and so much equipment there that we decided to open this gathering to the public and the Chickentown Gas & Steam Association was born. Since then we have steadily grown in numbers and equipment.
The club now owns several items, the largest being the engine building and a sawmill that was purchased from the former Somerset State Hospital. The State Hospital was converted into a prison and the mill was scheduled to be destroyed. With the help of a lot of people, we were able to purchase the mill on the stipulation that it be completely removed from the hospital grounds in short order. Piece by piece (including the building) we removed and reconstructed the mill at it's present home. The mill is now being used to cut the lumber that we are using to build buildings at the show grounds.
Our show is the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day each year.