Hot Days at Highland Homestead Power Show

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Larry G. Creed

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R.R. 13, Box 209, Brazil, Indiana 47834

Larry G. Creed, R.R. #13, Box 209, Brazil, Indiana 47834 sent these photographs of engines in action at the 1995 Highland Homestead Power Show.

At left is a Nichols & Shepard 20-75 double rear mount crushing stone at the show.

Larry G. Creed, R.R. #13, Box 209, Brazil, Indiana 47834 sent these photographs of engines in action at the 1995 Highland Homestead Power Show.

A 1911 Gaar Scott 18 HP, owned by the Erwin Weder family.

The Highland, Illinois, show was held August 11-13 on some of the hottest days of the year with temperatures soaring to 100 degrees and humiture of 105. The high temperature did not deter the exhibitors from having a fine display of tractors, hit and miss engines, steam engines and other antiques.

Some of the steam engine companies represented were Keck-Gonnerman, Reeves, Gaar Scott, Advance and Nichols & Shepard. Rick Apple and party were composed of steam 'volunteers' from Tennessee and Kentucky who tested out the sawmill. Other steam activities besides saw milling were threshing, rock crushing and plowing.

I was treated to 'Keck-Gonnerman' sweet corn which was boiled with steam from Joe Graziana's 15 HP Keck-Gonnerman steam engine. This produces very tasty sweet corn, but I wonder if Nichols & Shepard or perhaps Advance-Rumely corn would be even tastier?

On Saturday afternoon the 15 HP Keck-Gonnerman was relieved of the sweet corn cooking detail and put on the sawmill. Joe Graziana demonstrated what happens to a steam engine in a hard pull with a 'too full water glass.' (Joe was not the person who over-filled the boiler.)

While viewing the equipment, spectators could appreciate the long hours spent on restoration and the hard work and effort put into the show. The flea market was well managed with a good mix of antiques and crafts. Close parking is not a problem a large field at the edge of the show grounds provides more than ample parking.

One of the aims of this show is to have ''new' pieces of equipment displayed each year so the exhibits change from one year to the next. This aspect makes this show interesting to visit each and every year.