THE FIRST EVER STEAMFEST!
The first SteamFest was held at Sheffield in 1994 and it has been held ever since each year on Tasmania’s March long weekend.
It’s the Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society’s major fundraiser and is held in conjunction with the following groups and clubs:
- The Tasmanian Tractor Pulling and Vintage Tractor Association
- The Howe Family collection of steam engines and vintage equipment
- The Kentish Lions Club
The weekend features extensive displays of vintage machinery, train rides, traction engines, steam rollers, vintage cars, farm tractors, tractor pulling competitions, demonstrations of farm practices from the steam era – e.g. sheep shearing,threshing, stone crushing etc.- stationary engines, craft displays, bands, entertainment and food stalls.
Over the years thousands of people have attended SteamFest, including vistors from overseas here on holiday. Many return, sometimes with their own children in tow, and discover an evergrowing assortment of working machinery, an expanding entertainment programme, and a growing support base that sees more and more food businesses booking to be part of what is undoubtedly Tasmania’s premier country fair.
SteamFest has attracted Government grants that have allowed us to expand and update our facilities, and has won numerous Awards. Most recent of these was the Silver Award won in the Festivals category in the 2015 Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2014 and in the 2014 CRADLE COAST REGIONAL TOURISM AWARDS, for the second year in a row, for Best Festival.