History came alive over the weekend at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association (ATA) site, for the annual Small Engine Show.
Most of the action was along Gasoline Alley within the site, a grassy lane way lined with stoops and storefronts. The ATA members had 78 different small engines running over Saturday and Sunday, and visitors could wander through and ask the operators questions.
“This was one of the larger shows we have had in a long time,” said Ray Ramey, ATA president, with guests even coming from the United States to take part. There were antique cars cruising the grounds, the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers working on their craft, and people of all ages taking part in tractor pulls.
Of note, this weekend they also opened the doors to the Chilliwack Model Railway Club, which has set up on site and will be growing and improving their display over the next few months.
“We’re in the growing stage at the moment and we’re hoping for it to go all the way across the floor,” Ramey said.
Their next big event will be the Chilliwack Fair in August, but the ATA site is open seven days a week, and is open to the public, Ramey adds. They are also fundraising right now to improve some infrastructure, and are looking for sponsors to help support that goal. Currently they rely on donations from the public, and assistance from the Chilliwack Foundation.
The ATA site is located at 44146 Luckakuck Way, beside Heritage Park. For more information on the farming museum, visit www.atchelitz.ca.