SYCAMORE – The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club’s 60th Steam Show and Threshing Bee is set for Thursday through Sunday at the Taylor Marshall Farm, 27707 Lukens Road in rural Sycamore.
The event features antique machinery that harkens back to a time when farm implements were powered with coal-burning steam engines, along with other farming practices of the past. The club owns several antique pieces of machinery, including a 19th century sawmill, a circa 1900 straw baler made in Sandwich, and a 20-horsepower steam traction engine that was built in Sycamore around 1916.
Several other demonstrations also are planned, including wheat-grinding, a threshing bee using steam engines and gas tractors, and plowing using steam engines and tractors.
A mule team will be giving wagon rides around the show grounds, and more than 275 various types and sizes of large gas-engine implements also will be on display.
The showgrounds also will have attractions including music, old cars, an old-time country store, farm toy show and more inside the John Maslch building, a petting zoo in the FFA building, and a flea market.
Admission is $7 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free. On Thursday, senior tickets cost $4.
For information and a detailed schedule of daily activities, check the club’s website, www.threshingbee.org.