The Blue Mountain Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show (also more affectionately known as the “Jacktown Engine Show” is an excellent annual event for anyone interested in antique engine machinery and our industrial history. The event is held in Bangor, Pennsylvania and offers a wide variety of antique engines and tractors on display. There’s something about hit-and-miss engines that just feels nostalgic. Maybe it’s the way they putt-putt along, or the fact that they’re usually found on old farm equipment. Either way, these antique engines are fascinating pieces of history.
Jacktown Engine Show Flea Market
There is also a very impressive flea market at the back of the jacktown engine show with a variety of antique and vintage items. Most of the flea market is focused on machinist tools, Americana antiques, and an eclectic assortment of hardware. This year I was casually scanning for another behemoth vise to refurbish but was unable to find one that caught my eye. I picked up a a few hand tools including a very nice machinists file, a demagnetizer, and some deep discounted zip ties for my garage shop.
My children and I enjoyed watching the tractor pull contest.