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Visiting different festivals throughout the spring and summer and fall has always been a special treat for us in the past years. This past summer, we were to experience a different type of festival, different than anything we had ever been to in the past. We attended the Douglas County Historical Steam Festival at Arcola, Illinois for the purpose of producing and directing a professional video production of the festival which will be available on the market this summer.
From the moment the production crew stepped onto the show grounds, color, sound, aroma and handshakes engulfed us. The reputation that this show had gained was the determining factor in going to the time and expense of recording its sights and sounds for future posterity. One only had to be on the show grounds for a short time to realize why the show had gained such a reputation. Bustling activity all around us indicated that if we were going to shoot this three day festival we had better waste no time because this show was 'on the move.'
During this festival approximately three hundred and forty people were involved in one way or another. The nucleus was the 1873 Historical Jacob R. Moore home. It is the only time of the year that the historical mansion is open to the public. Significant to mention is the fact that Jacob R. Moore's grandfather crossed the Delaware with George Washington on Christmas Eve. With our cameras rolling in the Moore Mansion, capturing the rare Victorian furnishings and interior styling, we eventually worked our way once again to the show grounds to film the many activities that were continually going on. Activities included plowing, wheat threshing, lime crushing, saw milling, potato plowing, draft horse demonstrations, blacksmithing, and country music performances, etc.
The numerous antique, arts, crafts, dealers exhibited quality items in their booths that made buying a real pleasure for even the most discriminating collector. Good homemade food, ice cream, and plenty of shade made relaxing between activities a comfortable pleasure. The rarity of the equipment at this festival, coupled with the 1873 Historical Moore Mansion, and the warmth and cooperation of the many exhibitors made filming this event a real treat for us as well as all who will view this production in the years to come. The festival will be held July 11, 12, 13 in 1986 and we have enclosed some photographs of last year's show which we hope you will enjoy.