The 70th annual reunion was held on June 26th through the 29th and it featured an outstanding collection of J.I. Case steam engines, antique tractors and related equipment. This event is the oldest of its type worldwide and is attended by enthusiasts of all ages. Tractors from Illinois to New York and from Michigan to Kentucky were on hand to show off their old fashion steam engine might. Highlighted by the 2014 Case Expo, helped boost this year’s show and it brought in several thousand visitors from around the globe to see dozens of steam traction engines.
Daily demonstrations at this year’s show included grain threshing; sawmill, shingle mill and veneer mill operations; plowing; horsepower testing; and machinery parades with covered grandstand seating for spectators. Steam engine spark shows were held Friday and Saturday after dark, while musical entertainment, a fiddlers’ contest, kiddie tractor pull, food concessions and flea market booths helped entertain the visitor’s.
If you missed out on this year’s event be sure to come out next year on June 25-28, 2015 – next year’s event will be featuring Baker and International Harvester. It is a fun family event and for a one-day admission it is $5, and a four-day membership it is $10. Children 12 and under are free with an adult admission.
For more information, including on-site camping details, visit http://www.NationalThreshers.com.
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