| January/February 1983

  • Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gray

  • Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gray

DAVIS JUNCTION, IL.: The 1982 annual North Central Illinois Steam Power Show held August 5, 6, 7 and 8, at Hedtke's Hickory-Oaks Farm, was a success even though showers of rain did not permit field activities of plowing with steam power and horse power. Nevertheless, a good sizable crowd turned out each day to see other demonstrations and activities on the show grounds.

Six teams of horses and mules provided the power for demonstra-Company. Other activities of wheat threshing, sawing logs to lumber, Company. Other activities of wheat threshing, sawing logs to lumber, and the baker fan, were powered by steam engines. Straw baling, corn shelling, shingle milling, buzz-sawing, and ensilage cutting, was powered by antique gas tractors.

The antique tractor pull Friday evening was attended by a large crowd of spectators. Trophies and ribbons were awarded to the winners by class. Plaques were given to all stationary gas engine exhibitors, antique tractor owners and model owners. Numerous exhibitors of gas engines, models and old gas tractors, attended the 1982 show.

Numerous concession stands, and other sales stands, registered early for a spot in the grove to provide food, beverage, handicrafts souvenirs and flea market items for the general public's interest. Threshermen style meals were served daily in the large metal building with seating for 300. Other sale stands, displays, and demonstrations were also found in the big building.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gray of Rockford, Illinois, were crowned 'King and Queen' of the steam and horse power threshing show. They rode in the parades Saturday and Sunday dressed in their royal finery. Their carriage of special length was built especially for parades by Richard Hurlbert of Rockford, Illinois.

Pictured here are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gray of Rockford, Illinois, the 'King and Queen' of North Central Illinois Steam Power Threshing Show, Davis Junction, Illinois. The show was held August 5, 6, 7 and 8, 1982 at Hedtke's Hickory-Oaks Farm.


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