Lots of new activities at this year’s Steam Threshers Show in Plain City

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(Posted July 7, 2021)

Nate Seitz sits aboard a vintage 10-ton Buffalo-Springfield steam roller at the 2019 Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show and Reunion. He purchased for his father, Jack Seitz. Both are from Stoutsville, Ohio.

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

A sledgehammer throw? A steam-powered rock crusher? Cow patty bingo? Yup, yup, and, believe it or not, yup.

This year’s Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association Show & Reunion features all sorts of new attractions, along with revived and longstanding events and activities. All of the action takes place July 15-18 at Pastime Park, 350 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City.

As usual, a wide array of antique tractors and steam-powered equipment will be on display. New this year, a steam-powered rock crusher will be part of the demonstration lineup, along with a wheat thresher and lumber, shingle, and veneer mills.

“We have three tons of limestone coming. It will be something different and new,” said Amber Martinez, Steam Threshers Association secretary.

Another addition to the demos involves a patch of land between the park and U.S. Route 42. Steam engine and antique tractor owners can show off how their machinery can work a field.

“It’s a way to show demonstrations in a different light, instead of it all being stationary–kind of like the Farm Science Review does, only on a small scale,” Martinez said.

As excited as she is about the rock crusher and working field, Martinez is amused by the cow patty bingo which is taking place Thursday night and possibly Friday night. The game involves letting loose a cow in a fenced area in which the ground is marked off in a grid. Participants choose a square. The winner is the person whose square the cow chooses to do its “business” in.

“I kind of laughed when they told me about it,” Martinez said. “A lot of the old-timers will really enjoy it.”

The association has brought back a lot of nostalgic games and activities, many of which will take place on Family Fun Night on Thursday. They include an egg toss, sledgehammer throw, skillet throw, kiddie pedal pulls, and touch-a-truck displays.

Also scheduled for Thursday is a steam engine pull. The association is attaching a large rope to the front of a steam engine, then inviting all ages to grab hold. The idea is to see how many humans it takes to pull the engine. The pull starts sometime after 5:30 p.m.

Another new feature is a gravity wagon basketball game. The association is attaching walls to three sides of the wagon, then mounting basketball hoops, and affixing a chute-like apparatus. All ages are invited to shoot hoops; the wagon will return the balls through the chute.

Toni Ankrom of Unionville Center and daughter, Baleigh, ride their 1940 John Deere H tractor around Pastime Park during the 2019 Steam Threshers Show and Reunion. Baleigh chose pink for the tractor because it’s her favorite color and in honor of a grandmother she lost to breast cancer.

Along with all the new stuff, the show includes the usual flea market, food vendors, and parades, as well as steam engine, tractor, and lawn mower pulls.

Each year, the show highlights a certain make of tractor or steam equipment. This year, the spotlight shines on Massey Ferguson and Massey Harris. Next year, the Buckeye Allis club will host their annual get-together at the show. Chapter 6 International Harvester will do the same in 2023; originally, the chapter was scheduled to hold its gathering at the 2020 Steam Threshers show.

“Our show is a chance to look back and see how your grandparents and great-grandparents and past generations had to deal with things without the technology we have now,” Martinez said. “It’s family fun, and it’s something you don’t see every day.”

The association’s motto is: “Preserving the past for the education of the future.”

Admission to the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show is $5 at the gate. An annual membership is $20 and comes with two admission wristbands good for all four days of this year’s show. On July 15, the admission price is $2 for senior citizens (55 and older) and past and current military personnel. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

For additional information about this year’s show or to learn how you can volunteer your time and talent, call (614) 270-0007, visit www.mvsteam.com., or send an email to mvstashow@gmail.com. For details about concessions and vendor opportunities, call Tyler Lane at (614) 572-5071 or Kim Moody at (614) 519-4254.

To make a donation to the association, which relies on show admission fees for most of its revenue, make a check out to MVSTA and mail it to: P.O. Box 364, Plain City, OH 43064.

Steam Threshers Show Schedule
Gates are open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Thursday, July 15 (Family Fun Day)
All day–Lumber mill, wheat threshing, shingle and veneer mill
10 a.m.–Opening ceremonies
12 p.m.–Noon whistle
5 p.m. –Touch-A-Truck/Tractor
5:30 p.m.–Family games
6 p.m.–Kiddie pedal pulls

Friday, July 16
All day–Lumber mill, wheat threshing, shingle and veneer mill
10 a.m.–Opening, flag raising and member memoriam
10:30 a.m.–Tractor ride
12 p.m.–Noon whistle
1 p.m.–Steam engine parade
6 p.m.–Grand parade downtown

Saturday, July 17
All day–Lumber mill, wheat threshing, shingle and veneer mill
10 a.m.–Opening and flag raising
10 a.m.–Lawn mower and steam engine test pulls (pullinggardentractors.com; Brian Cox -740-360-8635)
12 p.m.–Noon whistle
1 p.m.–Steam engine parade
6 p.m.–Tractor pull by COTPA (www.cotpa.com)
Dark–Spark show

Sunday, July 18
All day–Lumber mill, wheat threshing, shingle and veneer mill
8 a.m.–Church service
10 a.m.–Opening and flag raising
10 a.m.–OSATPA tractor pull
12 p.m.–Noon whistle
3 p.m.–Steam engine parade and closing ceremonies.

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