The Bon Accord Steam Engine Club was initially founded by the late Bill Barrack, Dod Sim, Jim Coutts and associates in 1975, although the first ever rally was held at the Bridge of Don Aberdeen in 1967 (currently the location of the Aberdeen Conference Centre).
Since those early days the Club’s annual Steam Fair has been held at various locations around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire but in 2004 the Club joined forces with the National Trust to stage an all new event at what was hoped would become a long term location, Castle Fraser Aberdeenshire.
The event now called the Bon Accord Steam Fair at Castle Fraser and usually held in the middle of the month of June is going from strength to strength. In 2006 it attracted 29 steam engines, over 100 tractors and about the same number of Stationery Engines. By 2015, the 45th anniversary, numbers had grown with some 45 steam engines, over 100 tractors, two typical fairground rides, numerous smaller engines, entertainment and a wide range of stalls attending.