The Hesston Steam
Museum, at 1201 East CR 1000 North in Hesston, will host its Labor Day Steam
Show Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Steam Show
attracts as many as 12,000 visitors from nearby Chicago, Northern Indiana
and Southwestern Michigan and is one of LaPorte County Convention and
Visitorís Bureauís Top Must-Do attractions.
The Labor Day event
is the Museumís biggest show of the year. The moment visitors walk on to the
museum campus there is so much to see, itís difficult to decide which way to
go first. Less than a gas tank away, the Hesston Steam Museum is a place
where families can make memories together. Thereís education and
entertainment for the whole family with steam train rides and
turn-of-the-century demonstrations of steam power.
riding behind a 67-ton 1929 Shay logging locomotive, a replica 1900ís train
depot, a steam-powered saw mill, the LaPorte County Courthouseís first
electric generator plant, steam tractors, a steam crane, and three sizes of
trains to ride on three different track routes. Visit the Depot Store,
Hesston Steam Museumís gift shop, where toys and books will keep little
engineerís imaginations chugging along after their visit.
Visitors can sample
traditional festival treats or munch on fresh popcorn from a steam-powered
popcorn machine. A Labor Day flea market also offers everything from
antiques and railroad memorabilia to arts and crafts. Food is available at
the museumís air-conditioned soda fountain and restaurant.
At Docís Soda
Fountain watch the soda jerk make a deliciously cool treat the old-fashioned
way or enjoy a satisfying and delicious meal. Uncle Bís Smokehouse will be
offering meats that have been smoked for 24 hours in the on-site smokehouse
by chef Brad Hindsley. Top off a smoked meat with the signature root beer
barbecue sauce made with root beer from Docís Soda Fountain.
Admission to the
grounds is $5 for adults. Children ages 12 and under admitted for free.
Train fares are $5
for adults and $3 for kids ages 3 - 12. Friday, Sept. 1 only, is ďSenior
DayĒ with half-price rides for all seniors.
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