THE MEET: The 2011 Mid-Michigan Steamboat Meet will be held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show at Historic Charlton Park in SW Michigan. Steamboaters and exhibitors may camp free of charge on the Park's grounds during the Meet. The "official" Antique Gas & Steam Show runs Friday and Saturday this year which will be open to the public, however, steamboaters may arrive on Wednesday or earlier for those who want to do some early steamboating, or to simply kick back and relax. We hope to see you at the 2011 Mid-Michigan Steamboat Meet!
DOCKAGE RSVP: Please RSVP your dock reservations before 15 May 2011 to help us plan for your visit to Michigan.
THE VENUE: Charlton Park adjoins both the Thornapple Lake and the Thornapple River, and this venue offers an idealic setting with several miles of protected lake and river water which is perfectly suited for steamboating. Historic Charlton Park, Museum, Village, and Recreation Area encompasses three hundred acres including; a concrete boat ramp with dock,
picnic shelters, swimming beach, a museum, schoolhouse, hardware, timber cabin, township hall, church, carpenter/cooper shop, general store, blacksmith shop, barber shop, inn, carriage house, bank, several houses, the Gas & Steam Club barn, steam-powered sawmill, a new Exhibition Hall, and a circa 1700 Anishinabe Indian Village site.
The Park is also home to the Charlton Park Gas and Steam Engine Club, whose members organize the Annual Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show and maintain, as well as operate, the antique equipment including the permanent 1895 Corley steam-powered sawmill and the Park's rare 1884 Westinghouse traction engine. The Westinghouse engine is used to power various exhibits in the Park and leads the antique tractor parade - each day of the Show.
During the two-day Show, antique tractors, traction engines, and various conveyances can be seen traveling around the Park grounds as well as being put to work for tasks that they were designed for. Daily scheduled events typically include; operating of the saw mill, shingle mill, threshing wheat,tractor pulls, tractor parades, heavy horse team pulls, steamboat demonstrations, and nightly sparks shows. At the conclusion of "official show", Saturday evening there will be the annual potluck for exhibitors, a spark show, and often live entertainment.
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