SALEM EVENTS

PHOTOS: A celebration of steam, firefighting returns to Powerland

The 62-acre Powerland Heritage Park was alive this weekend with the sounds of machinery as Oregonians from all corners of the state gathered to celebrate antique machinery.

The 52nd annual Great Oregon Steam-Up kicked off July 30 with an army of 1,000 volunteers, and the “Parade of Power,” a display of tractors, fire rigs and more. The event continues Aug. 6-7 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, visit the park website here.

Oregon Department of Forestry fire fighting truck from the 1940’s at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A 1954 Kaiser Early “Special” at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. Originally from California, purchased in Salem in 1961 for $275. The car was stored inside and not driven daily, which protected the original paint. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Doug Peterson of Ashland demonstrates how his Fairbanks Morse T engine works at the Great Oregon Steam-Up on Sunday, July 31. These engines were often used as irrigation pumps for farmers in the 1940s. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Terry Cutler starts up his 1916 Indian Motorcycle, 1000 cc Power plus engine model, that he purchased in Portland and restored himself. When asked how much it was worth, the reply was that it was “worth keeping.” (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A family is captivated by the Parade of Power at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up as the machines lumbered by to line up for the start. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

The parade marshal for the Parade of Power starts it off with a fire engine which was the feature for the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

The Parade of Power on Sunday, July 31 at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

It’s been a few years since this fire truck answered fire calls in Keizer. The rig was on display at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Katheryn Hove and James Wruck look at a lovingly restored old fire engine at the Fire Fighting Museum at Powerland Heritage Park during the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Alex and Sheila Serkalow of Salem relax in the shade and watch the 2022 Parade of Power go by as they have for the last 20 years at Powerland Heritage Park. They love the Steam-Up and look forward to it every year. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A John Deere tractor in the Parade of Power at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

BIshop Clay takes a minute to explain how the 1913 Russell steam tractor he was driving worked at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. The tractor had a top speed of 2.3 miles per hour and was used at a sawmill in Oregon. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Visitors to Powerland Heritage Park can take a ride on the 1/8 acre Willow Creek Railroad for $2. The railroad can accommodate both big and small passengers. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A Heer Tractor in the Parade of Power at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Erika Gabba prepares to stoke up the firebox on her Nichols and Shephard tractor at the Great Oregon Steam-Up on Sunday, July 31. This two cylinder steam powered tractor could pull a large barn across a field on a sled. Erika is one of the few trained women steam engine operators at Powerland Heritage Park. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A steam tractor demonstrating why it’s called the Great Oregon Steam-Up: blowing the steam whistle in the Parade of Power. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A Panzer tractor and rider with matching fingernails and watch accessories in the Parade of Power at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

A John Deere tractor and a rider in what was called the “catbird seat” in the Parade of Power at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

Shirley Patton drives her McCormick- Deering 1942 H Farmall tractor in the Parade of Power at the 2022 Great Oregon Steam-Up. (Laura Tesler/Special to Salem Reporter)

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