THE MEET: The 2012 Mid-Michigan Steamboat Meet will be held in
conjunction with the 41st Annual Antique Gas & Steam Engine Show at
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings, MI. 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 for
those who want to do some early steamboating, or to simply kick back and
relax. We hope to see you at the 2012 Mid-Michigan Steamboat Meet!
DOCKAGE RSVP: Please RSVP your dock reservations before 1 May 2012 to
help us plan for your visit to the Mid-Michigan Meet.
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
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, a 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 Engine 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 spark shows. At the
conclusion of "official show", Saturday evening there will be the annual
potluck for exhibitors, a spark show, and often live entertainment.
7727 100th Street SE
Caledonia, MI 49316