The WNY Gas & Steam Engine Association started in 1967 in the quiet town of Alexander, an agricultural community. The local community decided it would be great to have a summer gathering of antique machinery and equipment displays, and so it started.
In September of 1967, the Alexander Fire Department fairgrounds played host to the first steam show. Over 1,000 people attended the event and it was considered a huge success. Photos of the first show can be seen on our pictures page. The idea of annual event was well received and people from around the region gathered to make a plan for the future. Three months later, in December the Western New York Gas and Steam Show Association was incorporated. The steam show was then held annually at the Firemen’s grounds until 1975.
In 1974, the organization decided that it was time to find a permanent home and purchased the existing grounds from the Kirch Family. Two years later the associations’ new home was ready and played host to the 1976 rally. The show has been located on Gillate Road in Alexander ever since.
The show grew slowly through the years, and the original crowd of 1,000 has swelled to as many as 30,000 in recent years. To make room for more fun, more equipment and more buildings, in 1998 part of the Kruzelnicki Farm was purchased to expand the steam show grounds to 220 acres. New buildings have been added and improvements have been made yearly ever since.
The Western New York Gas and Steam Show Association now has over 1,300 members. Each year, more than 30,000 people visit the association’s annual rally, and we expect to keep growing. We hope you and your family will come out and join us this year and for many years to come.