Oklahoma Steam Threshers Show Report


| May/June 1977



Oklahoma Steam Threshers Association

By Vincent Chapman, 2315 S. Birmingham Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

2315 S. Birmingham Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

The Oklahoma Steam Threshers Association annual show was presented July 23, 24, and 25, 1976 in Pawnee, Oklahoma.

On the Tuesday prior to the show weekend, newspasper and television reporters were invited to come and take pictures. Several did attend and put together some excellent publicity that was seen on or before the first day of the show. The reporters had quite a preview! Eight Case engines were moved cross country, 1 mile, from the Kenneth Kelley place to the Pawnee Fairgrounds. Leading the parade was a 110 Case, followed by an 80, 75, 65, 50, 45, 36, and a 40 horsepower roadroller. The 36 Case is owned by Ted 'Pappy' Crocker; the other engines are owned by Kenneth and Cecil Kelley.

Over eight thousand people attended the three-day show. Members felt that the figure was low due to the Olympics being on television that weekend and an unusually hot spell of weather.

Real engine enthusiasts were not to be kept away and they came to see over 20 steam traction engines; a giant 20 x 36 Corliss, gas tractors including a 30-60 Aultman Taylor and a 35-70 Minneapolis. Also on display were approximately 100 gas stationary engines and a saw mill run by 28 horse Minneapolis. There was a shingle mill and a grist mill in operation and demonstrations of plowing (12 bottom plow) with the 110 Case; threshing; engines on the teeter-toter and Baker fan; and steam engine on an incline demonstrated by Art Kosted in his 50 Case.

Country and Western music star, Hank Thompson, appeared before a standing-room-only crowd. There was also as program of Blue Grass music, a square dance, and a melodrama.