This weekend, August 10th – 13th, 2017, is the 61st Annual Sycamore Steam Show and Threshing Bee. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club, this uniquely Midwest, fun, four day event is at the Taylor Marshall Farm on Plank Rd.. Open daily from 7am – 6pm, admission is $7, children under 12 are free. Thursday is Senior Citizens Day where they get in for $4. Parking is free.
Each day begins with breakfast served until 9am. Walk the grounds and see the large Gas Engine display, where there will be over 275 of various ages, sizes and types! When the noon whistle blows, it’s time out for lunch with pork chops and chicken BBQ served by local favorite, Fay’s BBQ. Food is served each day until 6pm. At 1:30 each day is the can’t miss Parade, featuring old Steam Engines, Tractors, Cars and other antique machines. Whatever you do, if you go to this show, plan on being there at 1:30 for this unique event.
From 9:30am – 4pm each day you will see:
Daily Schedule of Events
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Breakfast served
8:00 AM – Sunday only – Church Service in the Malsch Building
9:00 AM – National Anthem and Flag-Raising
10:00 AM – Safety Meeting for ALL Engineers, Tractor and Equipment Operators and Engine Exhibitors.
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Threshing using Steam Engines and Gas Tractors.
Sawmill in operation sawing logs into lumber using Steam Power.
Shingle Mill next to the Sawmill.
Baling Straw using Club’s 1900 Sandwich stationary wire-tie baler
Barrel Train Rides around the grounds for kids of all ages.
Mule Team and wagon giving rides around the Showgrounds
Flink Fan driven by Steam Engines and Tractors to test operation at load.
Pony Brake to test horsepower
Music being played at the Announcer’s Stand
Plowing using Steam Engines and Tractors in the field south of the Grounds.
Large Gas Engine display- Over 275 of various sizes and types.
Operators and Engineers will Gladly Answer Questions!
12:00 Noon – Whistles – Time out for lunch.
Food served at Fay’s Fabulous Pork Chop and Chicken Barbecue and other Food Vendors located throughout the grounds. Fay’s serves all afternoon until 6:00PM
Parade of old Steam Engines, Tractors, Cars and other antique machines
Other Attractions running all day, every day:
The big Vilter Tandem-Compund Corliss Stationary Steam Engine in operation in the Founders Building
Club Secretary – Membership Registration, Show Buttons and more. Club hats and Shirts are also available in the Engine building.
Rope making for the Kids
Bake Sale, Club Merchndise, White Elephant Sale, Raffle in the Founders Building
Music, Old cars, old time country store, living room and kitchen sets, Farm Toy Show and much more in The John Maslch building.
Petting Zoo in the FFA Building
First Aid Tent located near the Bleachers and Announcer’s Stand