| November/December 1974

St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301

Last October 6 and 7, 1973, I went to see Vouk's Steam Engine Show, in the village of St. Stephen, Minnesota, which is about fourteen miles northwest of St. Cloud, Minnesota.

For the last four years I have visited this good show, which is many shows in one. Besides the several steam engines and gas tractors running, there are grain threshing, corn shredding, and lumber sawing demonstration, operated mostly by big Case steam engines and Minneapolis and Twin City gas tractors.

This show is mostly owned and run by William Vouk, Sr., and his sons and neighbors. It started in 1965 partly because William Vouk's brother-in-law urged him to put on a grain threshing demonstration in October that year. It has grown a lot since then and every year it has become bigger and better, and attendance is growing, too.

Besides the grain threshing, corn shredding, lumber sawing, and wood splitting, there are several others, like antiques and antique cars, also, a blacksmith shop. Music and eats are furnished on the grounds.

A steam engine and tractor and thresher parade is also put on daily in the afternoon around the grounds. This show usually is a two-day show on a Saturday and Sunday in October, and last year there were three to four thousand in attendance.