Two Good Little Steam Shows


| July/August 1991



Nichols & Shepard

A Nichols & Shepard and a Keck Gonnerman at Homestead show.

Creed Farm, RR #13, Box 209,Brazil, Indiana 47834

It seems that the larger steam shows are always better advertised and have articles written about them in the steam magazines, while smaller shows have a small ad and no write-up. I decided to take pen in hand and right some of this wrong.

Please do not misunderstand me, as I enjoy any kind of steam show, but by consulting a calendar and a map you may be within a hundred or so miles of a small show instead of several hundred miles to go to a large show.

Last year while on vacation to visit relatives, I was able to attend two smaller shows, one in Illinois and one in Missouri. I appreciated the work and effort that the members had put into both shows, and would recommend anyone to visit them.

The first show was the Highland Power Show, held at Highland, Illinois, just a few miles south of 1-70. The show is held on a farmstead south of town, with a large display area and plenty of parking.

The equipment displayed was well maintained, and many manufacturers and models of engines were represented. I was surprised to find a 20-75 Nichols and Shepard double cylinder rear mount engine at the show, which was a few hundred serial numbers older than the engine my father and I own. I had a very pleasant conversation with a part-owner of the engine, and with other exhibitors.