CADIZ – The Stumptown Steam Threshers Club will be holding its 59th Annual Meeting September 11-12 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, 550 Grant St., Cadiz.
The club is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, display and demonstrate ancient and historic agricultural equipment.
The event officially begins at 9:30 a.m. on September 11 with an opening ceremony featuring Boy Scouts hoisting the American flag and performing our national anthem. The public is invited to see steam engines powering an old sawmill with sawn boards.
Other demonstrations include steam engines powering an antique threshing machine. This shows how grain was separated before the invention of combines. The straw, which has been separated from the grain, will be baled by an antique baler. The straw is fed and tied by hand using thread instead of twine. The corn will be shelled and ground by an old stone mill to make cornmeal. The freshly ground cornmeal will be offered for sale to the public.
A shingle mill will cut shingles from shingle bolts that are cut from logs that have been sawn from the sawmill. A wide variety of other displays and demonstrations will cover the exhibition grounds. A very large number of older single-cylinder gasoline engines, which will be used to power equipment such as pump jacks, butter churns, cream separators and washing machines, will be on site.
Vintage agricultural tractors and caterpillars of many makes and models will be on display as well as a wide variety of lawn and garden tractors. Old cars and trucks will also be on display. The equipment is an educational experience for all who attend and have the chance to see how the American farmer performed his tasks before electric motors, advanced farm tractors, combines and all other high-end farm equipment. technology that we have today is not available. Some equipment may date as far back as 1900 or maybe even earlier.
A large flea market offers many treasures and sought-after objects. These great deals include baked goods, farm toys, and more are available.
The Stumptown Female Auxiliary will be selling club t-shirts and crafts, as well as raffles for a chance to win a handmade quilt.
There’s also plenty of great food available, including Thresher burgers, fishtail sandwiches, lemonade, ice cream, cotton candy, and more. The soup beans are cooked over an open fire and served with fresh cornbread.
The events included in the 9/11 schedule are Bill Flower’s whistle, which will mark lunchtime, as was the practice in the days of using live steam to power threshers.
After lunch, the Stumptown Ladies Auxiliary will be named Thresherman of the Year and Thresherman’s Queen for the 2021 show.
At 1:00 p.m., a large parade of equipment and tractors will begin; and at 3 p.m. a children’s pedal tractor pull will take place. There will also be lawn and garden tractor pull.
The schedule for the next day, September 12, begins with a church service at 8:30 am A noon whistle will sound again to signal lunch time. At 1:00 p.m., there will be a tractor driver competition, followed by the presentation of prizes to the older man and woman participating in this year’s show at 2:30 p.m.
At the same time, the ladies’ auxiliaries will have their design for the quilt. At 3 p.m., children will have a chance to search for candy and wedges in a pile of sawdust in the shingle mill. The two-day event will end at 4 p.m.
The state of Ohio has organized a Historical Boiler Licensing Board which has established rules and regulations for the operation of the steam engine used at public events in the state. Regulations require inspection of engines by a certified state boiler inspector. Operators of these machines must also pass a test and be certified by the state.
Adults pay a small entrance fee and children under 12 are admitted free.