2018 Fall Festival

2018 marks CAMA's 34th Anniversary of our famous Kent Fall Festival

 Our show is always the last full weekend of September. 

DATES:   Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,  September 28, 29, 30, 2018 (Three days)

HOURS:  10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day for spectators.

ADDRESS:  CAMA museum grounds, 31 Kent-Cornwall Rd. (Rt. 7), Kent, CT (click for map)

This event is held rain or shine. We have plenty of indoor shelter.

Multiple food vendors available.  Don't miss CAMA's famous "Engineer's Vegetable Beef Soup" and pie with ice cream. Plus, great food from area service organizations.

ADMISSION FEES: $10 for adults/teens, $5 children age 6-12, free for children age 5 or less. Free for CAMA members.

 Special Note to Exhibitors and Vendors

Use the following links to PDF files for exhibitors and vendors paperwork for our Fall Festival.

2018 Exhibitor/Vendor Welcome Letter (Click here)

2018 Exhibitor/Vendor Registration Form (save time when you arrive by printing and filling out this form in advance) (Click here)

2018 Safety Regulations (Click here)

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CAMA's 2017 Fall Festival was a great success attracting near record crowds for all three days. The weather was perfect all three days and festival-goers were in the mood to see machines.  We have every intention of making our 2018 edition a fitting follow-up.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter.  All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field. 

There will be activity in the Blacksmith Shop, with plans for a full weekend of demonstrations with a number of area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.  

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines.  We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show, in addition to running our other huge industrial steam engines. 

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive.  As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather  and the will of the machinery gods. 

See the now completed addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.  John Pawloski and a dedicated team have worked hard preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.  

Besides all of CAMA's permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought machinery related items and tools to be sold, or shown off.

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One of the numerous vendor displays from a previous Fall Festival. See anything you'd like to buy???

A beautifully finished scale model of a hit or miss gasoline engine displayed by one of many guest exhibitors.


We are scheduled to have Lumber Jack/Jill demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival,  featuring Shannon Strong, a well-known local fitness trainer and Lumber Jill.   The show will feature demonstrations of handsaw and ax skills and is always very entertaining.  Shannon is also a personal trainer, strength trainer, specializing in core training, and mind-body fitness.  Demonstration times will be announced at the show. 

(Tentative schedule, so watch for details as the date approaches) Don't miss our Friday evening banquet.  There's a limited number of tickets available, so buy them in advance at the food pavilion. The dinner is from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and will be held at the picnic pavilion unless inclement weather forces it inside the Industrial Hall. Tickets are $10 per person.  Menu will be announced as the date approaches. All proceeds benefit the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association.


Parking is free in our lower parking field. When you arrive, just follow the signs to the lower field parking and a free tractor-pulled people hauler or shuttle bus will bring you to the main gate. There is very limited handicap parking next to the main gate. Additional handicap parking is available in the lower field and is so marked.  The bus will make a separate stop at the handicap area.  If you or a passenger in your car are unable to board a bus, then tell an attendant and some accommodations will be made to allow drop-off at the main gate. There will be seating in the Exhibitor/Vendor tent, and benches throughout the site to rest your weary bones. 

Any questions about the show? Use the following form to contact CAMA.