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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 24, 2017

50th annual Western Illinois Threshers to be held in August

Jul 24, 2017

The 50th annual Western Illinois Threshers Bee and Antique Show will begin on Friday, Aug. 4, near Hamilton, Ill., and continues with three days of demonstrations and activities.

This year’s show highlights the 175th year for J.I. Case and features Case tractors and gas engines.

To celebrate the 50th show, a history book has been prepared dedicated to Fred Buckert and outlining the origin and growth of the Western Illinois Threshers.

A thresherburger lunch plate special will be served on Saturday only from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the food stand. A 50th anniversary raffle and other commemorations will be held during the show.

Parades of antique cars, trucks, tractors and steam engines brought by exhibitors will run through the grandstand at 3 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. At the end of the show, a 1963 Case 630 wide front-end antique tractor will be given away.

A full dinner is offered each evening at 6 p.m. Friday night is ribeye steak, potato salad and baked beans. Saturday features smoked pork chops, au gratin potatoes and fresh tomatoes.

Friday night includes a Bald Bluff sanctioned antique tractor pull in the grandstand. Saturday evening begins with country music during the pork chop supper. Guest speaker is nationally-known farm broadcaster, Orion Samuelson at 7 p.m., on Saturday evening. The quilt auction is at 8 p.m., followed with more music.

Friday’s schedule starts with tractor games at 9 a.m., an antique tractor pull at 11 a.m., kids’ pedal tractor pull at 3 p.m., and a Bald Bluff sanctioned antique tractor pull at 6 p.m. in the grandstand.

Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. There will be a horse pull at 8 a.m. at the grandstand, followed by an antique tractor pull. In the afternoon, see tractor games at noon in the grandstand. and horse plowing in the field before the antique tractor and car parade begins at 3 p.m.

Sunday begins with a sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast at 7 a.m. and worship in the country church at 8:30 a.m. There is another antique tractor pull at 9:30 a.m. and horse plowing at 1 p.m. WCAZ offers fun and games for kids at the grandstand at 1:30 p.m. before the second antique tractor and car parade.

Winners of the antique tractor, quilt, and other prizes will be announced after the parade.

Throughout each day demonstrations and exhibits are planned. Steam engines are used to power threshing machines and the large and small saw mills. A large collection of rail handcars is exhibited and rail motor car rides are available on the track around the grounds.

See sheep shearing, rock crushing, corn shelling and corn meal grinding, pony-powered threshing, small gas engines, quilting and rug weaving. The growing village on the 80-acre grounds includes a post office where a Western Illinois Threshers cancellation will be available Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Men and women will work in the log cabins, school, blacksmith shop and print shop. There is an antique gas station, a large museum building, general store and two renovated TP and W depots. A flea market sets up on the north end of the grounds during the show.

Fun for kids includes a petting zoo, hands-on corn shelling, the pedal pull on Friday afternoon, and “Nauvoo on the Road” old time activities and games on Saturday.

In addition to the nightly meals, food and drink are served all day at many locations. Camping hookups of 20 and 30 amps are available. Golf carts/ATVs are not rented on the grounds but are allowed. Owners must register and pay a fee at the headquarters building upon arrival at the show.

A commemorative button allows admission for all three days to those 12 and older. Children under 12 are admitted free.

To find the Western Illinois Threshers Show, turn north at the signs in Hamilton, Ill., at North 19th Street, and continue on the blacktop two miles north. Parking is free.

For more information about this summer’s event, call President Ed Hartweg, 319-795-2982, or go to www.westernillinoisthreshers.org. The phone at the grounds is 217-847-2572.

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