Estevan’s Model Engineering Show hit an impressive milestone, as the event celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The show took place October 13 and 14 at the Wylie-Mitchell building. Forty-six exhibitors attended the event, and there were 235 model and steam engines, according to event organizer Kelly Tytlandsvik. Exhibitors came from as far away as Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
There were four new exhibitors this year.
“You’re always exciting when you get some new people interested in the hobby, because it’s mostly a retirees’ hobby,” said Tytlandsvik.
About 300 people attended the show.
There was a wide variety of displays. People from Edmonton performed casting demonstrations. One person from Regina had three-dimensional printing service that printed off images of items that could be used for model engines. The Sherline Lathes and Mills company had a salesperson at the show. The Winnipeg club brought model locomotives and tractor engines.
Tytlandsvik said it's hard to believe that the show has been around for a quarter century.
“We used to be in the mall, and we had 12 people for the first show, with only six tables,” said Tytlandsvik. “This year I think I set up 58 tables.”
The model engineering show moved to the Wylie-Mitchell building in 2004, which allowed organizers to accommodate more exhibitors and a greater variety of displays.