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.
The second show I attended was the Montgomery County Old Threshers Show at Montgomery City, Missouri, at the south edge of town, just a few miles north of 1-70.
A good variety of full size and model engines were present, with a large model demonstration area. The exhibitors were friendly and took the time to answer questions. I enjoyed the antique farm display and the flea market area.
As you can tell from the photographs, both of these shows had good displays of steam and antique equipment showing the hard work and effort put forth by their members. Both of these shows are within a few miles of one of the major midwestern interstates, 1-70.
The Homestead Power Show at Highland, Illinois will be held on August 9, 10, and 11, 1991. Montgomery County Old Threshers Show at Montgomery City, Missouri will be August 16, 17, and 18, 1991.