Pioneer Power Show & Swap Meet
Report & photos by Clay Graham / CegPics.com
The Pioneer Power Show started in 1981. Tractors, Wheat Threshing/Binding, Bread Making, Swap Meet, Horse Demos, Equipment Parade & More in Union Gap every 3rd weekend in August. Hosted by The Central Washington Antique Farm Equipment Club, and the Central Washington Agricultural Museum.
Rob Gallion and his wife Karen were the Grand Marshalls this year and the featured equipment was Massey-Harris.
This year I was the Swap Meet Manager. We started promoting the Swap Meet on social media in March in hopes to get more vendors. With the help of Hidden Treasures Thrift Store, we had twice as many vendors as the year before. I want to thank the staff at Hidden Treasures Thrift Store for all their help and support.
On Thursday, August 17th, 2023 I set up the Swap Meet Manager Booth up in Union Gap, Washington out front of the Central Washington Agricultural Museum by the foot bridge for the annual Pioneer Power Show & Swap Meet. Then with the help of volunteers we got the swap meet area set up and ready for the vendors.
Saturday and Sunday the Pioneer Power Show & Swap Meet started at 8 AM and ran until 5 PM. There were many fun things to do and to watch; Shop the Swap Meet, tram rides from the parking lot into the museum, tractor pulls, horse powered farm equipment demos, sawmill demo, apple packing line demo, a working blacksmith shop, music, rides for the kids, equipment parades, quilt show, Vintage Snowmobile on display, and so much more. It was a very fun event for the whole family.
These events takes many volunteers and we do not have enough. We could use your volunteer help to keep these shows going on. If you are interested in helping, click here for info on volunteer opportunities.
Here are some photos of the Pioneer Power Show & Swap Meet: