| January/February 1967

Coulterville, Ill.

To spark their 7th annual Power and Progress Show, held July 18-21 at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville (Ill.) the American Thresherman's Association presented two new events. They were so successful, everybody now hopes they can become traditions.

The first was an impressive memorial tribute to their deceased members. The second was a closing night 'Steam Engine Frolic', and added free attraction before the grandstand.

Unofficial estimates set the 1966 attendance at more than 12,000 although there was no way of estimating actual head-count because of the large number of 'Family' tickets sold. Gate-men said these tickets usually meant 'carloads.'

Paul Wagner of Willisville (Ill.) president, said morning and afternoon crowds were as heavy as evening attendance this year indicating good interest in the daylong demonstrations of wheat threshing, plowing, and sawmill and shingle making operations.

He added that the daily programs held close to time schedules this year and that exhibitors and members worked closely together to handle all phases of the four-day classic.