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.
Club members continue to improve the show grounds by clearing more land, grading, and putting up new buildings to house displays, concessions, art and craft sales, and food service. A large open-sided building seats several hundred people for special programs; and is good for sitting in the shade to watch engines parade past.
The Women's Auxiliary of the Steam Threshers organized during the past year. They continue to help with the show, as always, but now work under the banner of 'The Pop-Offs'.
You are all invited to the 1977 show, July 14, 15, 16, 17 in Pawnee Oklahoma; it is in the heart of Oklahoma's 'Green County' just a little over one hours driving from Tulsa.
Inquiries about the Oklahoma Association or Show can be addressed to Kenneth Kelley, Pawnee, Oklahoma, 74058. Kelley is the treasurer; other officers are: Ivan Burns, president; Bill Jennings, secretary; Vince Chapman, assistant secretary. Directors are: H. G. Bomhoff, Lyman Knapp, Art Kosted, Mervin Shiveley, and John Younkman.