The Sycamore Show

John Deere tractors

The special display of John Deere tractors.

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The 31st Annual Northern Illinois Steam Power Club Show was held at the Taylor Marshall Farm, which is located northwest of Sycamore, Illinois on August 23-26th. Twenty-seven steam powered engines, one hundred fifty tractors and over two hundred fifty stationary engines and equipment were on hand for everyone's enjoyment. Despite over ten inches of rain in about a twelve hour period and temperatures in the upper 90's, a good time was had by one and all.

As usual, the saw mill powered by massive steam engines was the main attraction. Charlie 'Butch' Malsch of Pell Lake, WI and John Ross of Hebron, IN can be credited for turning logs to lumber. The sights, the sounds and the smell of those huge steam engines as they powered the separator, singing the song of yesteryear, brought back many memories to the old and amazed the young. The Flink Fan told the truth about how much horsepower their unit really had, as it made some sad and some glad. We were able to watch silo filling, corn shelling, wheat grinding, baling and even shingle making.

In honor of the 150th Anniversary of John Deere, Bob Johnson of Hampshire, IL and Bruce Johnson of South Elgin, IL arranged a special display of John Deere tractors with one from every decade starting with the club's Joe Dain through today's modern 4450.

In the John Malsch Building, one could hear old time tunes provided by 'The Antique Notes' while looking at old cars, the country store, the living room and kitchen as well as other items of days past. In the Ladies' Tent, woodcarving, rug weaving, broom making, chair caning, basket weaving and rope making were of great interest.

A new twist to this year's event was the Ole Time Style Show. Volunteer men, women and children modeled the fashions of the past dating back to the late 1800's, including swimwear. The collection was provided by Neva Granstrom of Wheaton, IL.

For those in search of treasures, there were over a hundred vendors in the Flea market, displaying everything from antiques to zippers.

For the younger steam power enthusiast, there were the scale model railroad, the pedal pulling contest, a petting zoo and pony rides. My granddaughter frequently asks me of the whereabouts of the 'pok-a-dot' pony that she rode. Many of the youngsters found the mud holes to be entertaining.

A trip to The Sycamore Show wouldn't be complete without eating at Fay's Tent. Absolutely the best barbecued chicken and pork chop dinners that I have ever had the pleasure of consuming.

President Bill Karl Sr. of Genoa, IL, the directors and participating members are to be commended for an excellent show this year in spite of the rain and mud.

If you have never attended this great show nestled in amongst towering oak trees, I suggest you do so next year, which is scheduled for August 11-14, 1988.

For membership information write to the club secretary Anne Baker, 24747 W. Charodon, Grayslake, IL 60030.