On January 7, I had the pleasure of participating in the Robson’s Mining World Anniversary Celebration.
Robson’s Mining World, which is covered in detail in a Things to Do article on this site, has its annual anniversary celebration every January. For the past three years, I’ve been part of the fun, offering inexpensive helicopter rides to event attendees. It’s lots of fun for the folks who climb on board with me and I get a real kick out of taking so many people for their first-ever helicopter ride.
Flying M Air’s red R44 helicopter over Robson’s Mining World
But the helicopter rides are only a small part of the fun. For their anniversary, Robson’s opens its gates to the public for free admission to the entire site. (Normally, it’s only $5 per person, so don’t wait until next year to visit if you missed out this year.) They invite authors, musicians, and artisans. They give tours of the museum features, sell $1 ice cream cones (remember the days?), and have free popcorn. There are hamburgers and hot dogs and the restaurant is open for table service. The place is crowded with people, but a free shuttle makes the trip from parking to the gates quick and dust-free.
Robson’s Anniversary, as things were winding down
The best part of the anniversary is the engines, though. Robson’s has an impressive collection of old steam engines and, during its anniversary celebration, it does its best to get as many of them up and running as possible. This is a real treat, especially for motorheads, because these antiques are quite spectacular when seen in action — noisy, belching machines that take you back to an earier age.
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This steam engine was also driving up and down the road during the event.
The event was a lot of fun for everyone. I’m really looking forward to next year’s anniversary.