Heavy equipment takes center stage in Owls Head
Owls Head — Visit Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22 for its annual Earth Movers and Shakers Show.
This show is an annual family event featuring heavy equipment, interactive activities, demonstrations and more. At the event visitors will feel the earth move under their feet as big trucks, bulldozers and heavy construction equipment take center stage.
Owners of pre-1993 vehicles arriving in their vintage automobiles are invited to exhibit at this sensational show and at all other museum (non-auction) events. As always, exhibitors receive free admission. Exhibitor gates open at 8:30 a.m., and gates open to the public at 9 a.m.
Children will have the opportunity to enjoy a special sandbox play area with toy earth-moving equipment including trucks, bulldozers, backhoes and more. Additional children’s activities, including paper airplane construction, will be offered indoors. As always, visitors will enjoy free Model T rides throughout both days of the event.
Museum staff will discuss and demonstrate a broad array of vehicles from the collection and, weather permitting, collection planes will take to the skies for an antique aeroplane show.
On both days of the show Owls Head Transportation Museum Aircraft Conservator Karl Erickson and aviation workshop volunteers and pilots will demonstrate the museum’s collection of antique aircraft. The most recent addition to the aircraft collection, the last surviving 1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing, will take to the skies, and additional planes that may fly for demonstrations include the museum’s 1941 Stearman, a 1933 Waco, a 1916 Sopwith Pup, a 1923 Fokker C.IV and a 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron). The open flightline, also scheduled for both days of the event, provides an opportunity for visitors to see, hear and experience the planes close up and visit with pilots.
Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the museum’s indoor collection featuring dozens of rare antique cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes. Guests will also have an opportunity to view the museum’s exhibition, MGs & Microcars, showcasing a unique collection of more than 25 MGs and small cars from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.
Admission is $12 for adults and, as always, children under 18 are admitted to the museum and show free of charge. Refreshments catered by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place will be available for purchase at the Caboose during both days of the show. No pets are allowed in the museum or on show grounds.
Any visitor who renews their membership or purchases a new membership on the day of an event is automatically entered in a drawing for a scenic ride in the museum’s 1941 Stearman biplane. One winner is drawn at noon and one at 3 p.m. each day of the event.
For more information please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418.