Steam threshers host festival


NEW ATHENS, Ohio – The Stumptown Steam Threshers Club 41st annual reunion and show will be held Sept. 6 and 7 at the club’s showgrounds near New Athens, Ohio.

The grounds are located on state Route 519, west of New Athens between Route 22 and Route 9.

The club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, display, and demonstration of antique and historical farm equipment.

The event officially opens Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m.

What to see. The public is invited to demonstrations by sawmills, grain threshing and baling, corn shelling and grinding.

A shingle mill will be cutting shingles from “shingle bolts,” and a large variety of other displays and demonstrations will cover the show grounds.

A large number of antique single cylinder gas engines will be used to power equipment such as pump jacks, butter churns, cream separators, and washing machines.

Antique farm tractors and crawlers of numerous makes and models will be on display as well as a large variety of antique lawn and garden tractors, antique cars and trucks, hand tools and old oil cans.

Some equipment may date back as far as 1900 or earlier.

The festival also includes a flea market, baked goods, crafts, a quilt raffle and club T-shirts.

Other events scheduled include naming Thresherman of the Year and thresherman’s queen; a kiddie pedal tractor pull will take place at 3 p.m.; and square dancing at 5 p.m.

A fiddle and banjo contest will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday. Sunday’s events include morning services at 8:30 a.m.; tractor operator’s contest at 1 p.m.; and oldest attendee awards at 2:30 p.m.

The event will end with the grand parade of equipment through the grounds at 4 p.m.

Details. Show admission is $3 per day per adult. Children under age 12 are admitted free. Club memberships are available at a cost of $6 per person.

Plates and mugs commemorating this year’s show will be on sale also. For more information call Jay Graham at 740-695-6243.


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