Arts & Leisure

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Small antique engines and machines will be popping up all over Anacortes as organizers of the Anacortes Antique Engine & Machinery Show gear up for their final show in September.

The first exhibit, featuring miniature machines owned by Frank Orr and Eric Erickson, is now on display in the Anacortes Museum’s “Anacortes Presents!” case in the museum’s Carnegie Gallery, 1305 Eighth St. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Kids will enjoy the exhibit, as many of the items in the case look suspiciously like toys. But the items also are accurate models of engines, construction equipment and farm machinery. The display, and those that will soon be seen in banks and the library, fit the theme of the 2015 Anacortes Antique Engine & Machinery Show: “Models.”

After two decades of entertaining and educating the public, the organizers of the machinery show will bow out after this year’s show. They had hoped to hand over the event to a younger generation, but were unable to find young machinery buffs with the time and passion to carry on. Instead, the group members will discontinue the show and turn their focus to railroad-related projects. The final machinery show will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6th Street and T Avenue in Anacortes. A parade of machinery through downtown will be at 11 a.m. that day.

Anacortes Presents! is a revolving exhibit of wonderful, unique and sometimes wacky collections of local people. Those who would like to share a collection with the community for a few months are invited to contact the museum at 293-1915.

Photo: Frank Orr, a longtime driving force behind the Anacortes Antique Engine & Machinery Show, is pictured with a newly installed exhibit of model engines and machines at the Anacortes Museum. (Anacortes Museum photo by Elaine Walker)

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