2022 CAMA Fall Festival

Friday, September 23rd, 2022

2022 CAMA Fall Festival

2022 marks CAMA’s 37th edition of our famous Fall Festival. 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 23, 24, 25, 2022 (Three days)

HOURS:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day for spectators.

ADDRESS:  CAMA museum grounds, 31 Kent-Cornwall Rd. (Rt. 7), Kent, CT

The CAMA Board of Directors will be hosting a full three day show.  CAMA is closely monitoring State recommendations for masking and will following whatever masking and social distancing recommendations are in force at the time of the show. If you are not vaccinated, prudence should prevail, and we recommend the wearing of masks and social distancing.  

ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.

CAMA's 2021 Fall Festival was a great success despite the looming pandemic attracting near record crowds for all three days. The weather was mostly perfect, and festival-goers were in the mood to see machines.  We have every intention of making our 2022 edition a fitting follow-up.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter.  All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field. 

There will be activity in the Blacksmith Shop, with plans for a full weekend of demonstrations with a number of area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.  

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam and the donation of a number of “new” steam engines. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines.  We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show, in addition to running our other huge industrial steam engines. 

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive.  As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather and the will of the machinery gods. 

See the now completed addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.  John Pawloski and a dedicated team have worked hard preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.  

Besides all of CAMA's permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors who have brought machinery-related items and tools to be sold, or shown off.

We are scheduled to have Lumber Jack/Jill demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival,  featuring Shannon Strong, a well-known local fitness trainer and Lumber Jill.   The show will feature demonstrations of handsaw and ax skills and is always very entertaining.  Shannon is also a personal trainer, strength trainer, specializing in core training, and mind-body fitness.  Demonstration times will be announced at the show. 

(Tentative schedule, so watch for details as the date approaches) Don't miss our Friday evening banquet.  There's a limited number of tickets available, so buy them in advance at the food pavilion. The dinner is from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and will be held at the picnic pavilion unless inclement weather forces it inside the Industrial Hall. Tickets are $10 per person.  Menu will be announced as the date approaches. All proceeds benefit the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association.

Parking is free in our lower parking field. When you arrive, just follow the signs to the lower field parking and a free tractor-pulled people hauler or shuttle bus will bring you to the main gate. There is very limited handicap parking next to the main gate. Additional handicap parking is available in the lower field and is so marked.  The bus will make a separate stop at the handicap area.  If you or a passenger in your car are unable to board a bus, then tell an attendant and some accommodations will be made to allow drop-off at the main gate. There will be seating in the Exhibitor/Vendor tent, and benches throughout the site to rest your weary bones.

More information

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