Director of Development Oldmsted County Historical Society County Road 122 S.W.P.O. Box 6411 Rochester, Minnesota 55903
On the weekend of July 26-27, 1986, the Olmsted County Historical Society in Rochester, Minnesota, will hold their twelfth annual Mechanical History and Steam Threshing Show. The annual event is organized by the 100-member Mechanical History special interest group of the Historical Society.
The event is held on the 160 acre grounds of the George and Ralph Stoppel Farms, owned by the Historical Society and located on the southwest edge of Rochester. Features of the show include steam plowing and threshing, antique gas tractors and engines, an antique tractor pull, craft demonstrations, a flea market and consignment auction. Food and beverages, as well as plenty of free parking are available on the grounds. Approximately 6,000 people attended the two-day show in 1985. Proceeds of the show are used in the restoration of the farms and maintenance of antique agricultural equipment owned by the Historical Society.
Equipment featured in last year's show, and expected for the 1986 event, include Eryln Iverson's 20 HP Russell steamer, Curt Leighty's 25 HP double-cylinder Gaar-Scott steamer, Dr. Cleon Holland's 25 HP Nichols & Shepard steamer and Roger Byrne's single cylinder Fairbanks-Morse gas tractor. These large field engines are used to demonstrate threshing and plowing during the event.