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Labor Day Steam Show at Hesston Steam Museum

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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.

Attractions include 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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Posted 8/29/2017




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