The Stumptown Steam Threshers Club 57th annual reunion and show will be Sept. 7-8 at a new location. The new location is at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, 550 Grant St. Cadiz.
The club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, display and demonstration of antique and historical farm equipment.
The event officially opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with an opening ceremony, which includes the boy scouts raising the American flag and playing of the national anthem. The public is invited to view steam traction engines powering an antique saw mill sawing boards.
Other demonstrations will include steam traction engines powering an antique threshing machine. This is how the grain was separated before combines.
The straw which has been separated from the grain will be baled by and antique baler which is bed by hand and the bales are tied by hand using wire instead of twine. Corn will be shelled and ground into cornmeal feed by use of an antique stone burr mill. The freshly ground corn meal feed will be available for sale to the public.
A shingle mill will be cutting shingles from shingle bolts which are cut from logs that have been sawed on the sawmill. A large variety of other displays and demonstrations will cover the show ground including a very large number of antique single cylinder gas engines which will be used to power equipment such as pump jacks, butter churns, cream separators and washing machines.
Antique farm tractors and crawlers of numerous makes and models will be on display as well as a large variety of antique lawn and garden tractors. Antique cars and trucks will also be on display. The equipment on display is an educational experience for all in attendance as the public gets a chance to see how the American farmer performed his chores in the days before electric motors, advanced farm tractors, combines and more modern equipment became available. Some equipment may date back as far as 1900 or earlier.
A large flea market will off many treasures and sought after items. Baked goods, farm toys and many new items are available in the flea market also. The Stumptown Ladies Auxiliary will off club t-shirts and crafts for sale, as well as raffle tickets for a hand made quilt. There is always plenty of good food available, including Thresher Burgers, fish tail sandwiches, lemonade, ice cream and cotton candy. Soup beans are cooked over an open fire and are served along with fresh corn bread.
Events included in the schedule on Saturday include the Bill Flower’s Whilstle Blow which will signal lunch time, as was the practice in the day of the use of live steam to power the threshing machines. Following lunch at 12:45 p.m., thw Stumptown Ladies Auxiliary will make the thresherman of the year and thresherman’s Queen for the 2018 show. At 1 p.m. there is a steam engine operators contest.
A Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday evening we will have a lawn and garden tractor pull.
Sunday’s schedule begins with a worship service at 8:30 a.m. A noon whistle blow will once again signal lunch time. A tractor operator’s contest will take place at 1 p.m. Awards will be given at 2:30 p.m. for the oldest man and woman attending this year’s show. At the same time the drawing will be held for the winner of the quilt being raffled by the ladies auxiliary. At 3:00 p.m. the kids will get a chance to search for quarters and candy in the pile of wood shavings cast off from the shingle mill. The two day event will come to an end with the grand parade of equipment through the grounds at 4 p.m.
The State of Ohio has organized a Historical Boiler Licensing Board, which has established rules and regulation for the operation of the steam engines which operate at public events in the State of Ohio. The regulations require the inspection of the engines by a certified state boiler inspector. Operators of these machines must also pass a test and be certified by the State of Ohio.
Show admission is $5 per day per adult. Children under age 12 are admitted free with an adult. Club memberships are available at a cost of $6 per person. A commemorative badge is included with each membership. A membership is valid for the admission to both day of the 2019 show. Plates and mugs commemorating this year’s show will be on sale also.
Show information may be obtained by contacting club secretary, Gary Wellendorf, at 330-488-0301.