Roots of Motive Power Steam Festival
The major steam-up event of the year is the Roots of Motive Power Festival, held annually in September at the Roots facility. Their work efforts throughout the year are aimed at having every piece of operable equipment under power. Plumes of steam and the shrieks of steam whistles will fill the air as a variety of steam-powered equipment is fired up.
In addition to the steam-up, they reserve the Recreation Grove Park across the street for the Early Day Gas Engine Society and Bill Rose’s Model A Tour group to set up under the oaks. Late Saturday afternoon in the park they also hold the annual Roots Appreciation BBQ and raffle which has become legendary among the gourmet BBQ set. The smell of whole pigs roasting on the spit draws a huge crowd for the perfect ending to a wonderful day.
The steam-up is free and open to the public, however there is a charge for the BBQ.