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What's so special about a wedding in June? Why, it was held at a steam show on a steam engine! The National Thresher chaplain, Reverend Daniel Bare, officiated, wearing his red suspenders and standing on the rear platform of Richard Munk's Baker steam engine. Groom Harold Higley and son, best man Shaun, arrived on Harold's George White steam engine in their new blue bibs and white shirts. Obviously they hadn't shoveled coal or cleaned their flues because there was nary a dirt mark on them. Their boutonnieres sprouted wheat, and they were just in time to see bride Patty Miller and maid of honor Debbie Stace come steaming up riding on the bunkers of the Tracy Powers family's Upton steam engine, driven by Teresa Powers. A bell from the Binns' engine announced their arrival. All four proceeded up the step to stand before Chaplain Bare, where the bride and groom exchanged vows.
Harold and Patty Higley sharing their wedding cake at the National Threshers Reunion in Wauseon, Ohio, last June.
Both ladies were dressed in long blue denim dresses and carried bouquets of wheat and red and white flowers that were tied with red handkerchief bows.
After the vows the couple greeted their jubilant guests amidst toots, bells, and whistles from some of the show's fifty engines. The wedding, held outdoors next to the double incline hill (which was too slippery to ascend on the engine after an earlier downpour), allowed guests to enjoy the beautiful golden sunset beaming through the trees, spreading warmth to all assembled.
Many will remember the 54th Annual Reunion of the NTA for being hot, humid, and rainy, but perhaps best of all, attending the wedding held on a steam engine.