Rough and Tumble Historical Association

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Rough and Tumble Historical Association

Rough and Tumble Historical Association
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Rough and Tumble is celebrating it's 69th year in 2017. Ride 2 steam railroads, See Steam Traction Engines running as well as antique Tractors. Visit the Saw mill, model shop, Auto Museum, Stationary Steam Museum, Blacksmith Shop, and Gas Engine area. Visit the antique Earth moving construction area as well as the Line Shaft machine Shop. Watch a parade of power and sled pulling on the track.Check our schedule of events on our web site and enjoy the may areas of Rough and Tumble Historical Association.
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Lorraine M
Lancaster18 contributions
Jun 2021
We came for the International Harvester weekend, which was a small event and a very laid back experience compared to the larger reunion that takes place in August. The grounds house several buildings filled with steam powered equipment but when we attended there were no demonstrations of them being used. I know at the August show you can see many of the machines in action but then there are many more people in attendance. There are many trees so much of the grounds offer some welcome shade. The club does operate reasonably priced food concessions. We watched a tractor parade and some tractor games where garden tractors as well as farm style tractors competed against one another but the "race" was to see how slowly the tractor could go without stalling -- so a different twist on a race.
Written June 28, 2021
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NoahsGMa
Little Ferry, NJ60 contributions
Aug 2016
We come here to the R&T often, about once a year, since our first visit over 30 years ago. My husband (whose profession and hobby is steam engineering and operation) has been here for the Thresherman's reunion but first time for me. It's usually a very crowded, busy week so we stayed nearby and came for the 1st & 2nd day, and we had so much fun! If you love steam or machinery, or history, ya gotta come here! But, there's something for everyone! A large, and a small, steam train for kids of all ages! Plenty of food, beverage, and ice cream kiosks, plus the Kinzer Fire Co. building serves a marvelous buffet breakfast (scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, coffee, juice, fruit, toast, pastry, etc, etc,) for $8, prepared by the women and girls of the local Amish communities. They serve food all day too including hot dogs, hamburgers, sides, sandwiches, etc. The Amish ladies also serve and sell at the various kiosks. I especially loved the homemade soap and lotion stand - I purchased many items for personal use and gifts. Her items are lovely, wonderfully scented, all natural, fairly priced. R&T also has a lumber mill, threshing exhibits, and for this event, massive flea markets. And, a "flea circus"!! The couple that ran this fascinated young and old alike - they were terrific, very entertaining. There are plenty of facilities - clean, and for this event, attended, rest rooms for men, women and families. There's a first aid station. This event usually features at least 100 steam tractors in addition to their usual displays most of which were under steam during our visit. There was a steam lawnmower and a steam fire pumper truck, both of which gave demos. Everyone who is here, vendors, staff, and guests, is lovely! This is a wonderful, interesting place to bring family and friends, and even dogs are welcome on a leash. There's plenty of shade and places to sit. There's plenty of parking - on busy days like these, it could be a distance, but they will shuttle you back & forth from the lot to the gate. And a very large area sectioned off for handicapped parking. The grounds are grassy and gravely, but well kept, so wear comfy shoes and clothes, and have fun!
Written August 19, 2016
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edonovan109
Gap, PA1 contribution
Aug 2013 • Family
We love going to all the events at R&T. It is a fantastic family friendly place to visit and to learn about history. Many hands on activities and things for little ones to do. My son especially loved the pedal tractor pulls that he could participate in.
Written April 27, 2014
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mbswartz
53 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
This year's Thresherman's reunion was the biggest I've seen. They have a flea market with all sorts of interesting items, even if you are not interested in the engines and spare parts. The programs they hold throughout the day are fun and informative, and not just for those who like tractors and steam engines. I started going through the invitation of a friend, knew nothing of steam engines and the like, but have gone back several times. The atmosphere is family friendly and fun. Very laid back on their schedule things don't always start on time, but pretty close. Definitely a place for the whole family to try out something new.
Written August 30, 2013
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GTPicker
Mifflintown, PA78 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Went to the spring steam up this year and found it very interesting. We rode the steam train that takes you around the ground and saw many buildings full of steam and hit and miss engines. MY favorite part however was the 1920's themed machine shop. We always have a good time at Rough and Tumble!
Written May 18, 2018
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Donald D
Columbus, OH128 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
I happened upon the Rough & Tumble museum on their festival day! What a crowd and what an excellent demonstration of Steam powered machines. I was attending a woodworking workshop there and we were invited to tour the facilities. It is one thing to see these machines and steam engines static, but most of these were in working order and many were fired up and some were going very slowly around the compound (maybe 1 - 2 miles per hour. During the festival they had artisans showing how the machines operated and in some cases invited young folk and adults the opportunity to try their hand.
Written May 15, 2016
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Marci X
Lancaster, United States56 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
This is really only open once a year with all the machines going, it's great for kids and the whole family. Interesting and loud, you will love it!
Written April 24, 2016
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Thank you for coming out to Rough and Tumble. We are actually open for 6 shows during the year. Please visit our website for the schedules.
Written May 17, 2016
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Valerie I
Lancaster, PA5 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
The steam engines are magnificent. You really get an appreciation of farming and industry at the turn of the century. We love riding on the Shea train.
Written October 11, 2013
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JayRepko
Mays Landing, NJ3 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
If you fix your own car,If you keep cars and trucks til they rust apart. If you like knowing how motors and engines work; then this is your place to visit. This year I went 2 days. $7 per person entry fee is very fair. There are great deals on tools and flea market area. Many vendors are now some selling American made tools and products = Yeah. If you are looking for a good clean fun interesting day to learn about old steam engines, antique farm tractors, and equipment from over 100 years ago, then this is a must stop. Be sure to go during the Thresherman's Reunion
Written August 18, 2013
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Swill7885
Chesapeake, VA41 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
We found this by accident while riding around enjoying the scenery. We love all farm stuff and have lots of John Deere Tractors, so this was right up my husbands alley. It was like a outside show and tell with all kinds of old machinery as well as rows and rows of items for sale, like flea market atmosphere. There were Amish people there selling baked goods and homemade items. We had a great time and will make this a stop when we go back next year. There were train rides around the grounds, sawmill exhibits with them actually cutting planks from trees. If you like farm things or steam engines this is a great time.
Written August 16, 2013
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