Steam Treashing Days
Steam Threshing Days will be held on August 5 and 6, 2022 at the Illinois Amish Heritage Center near Arthur, Illinois. Hours for the event are 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5 and from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
The purpose of the show is to teach show attendees how crops were grown and harvested during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Amish continue using many of these methods in their farming operations today. The show continues to expand, and the 2022 show promises to be our best and biggest show yet!
The 2022 show will feature oat threshing by steam, gasoline, horsepower. A Keck-Gonnerman Steam Engine will power an Oliver Red River Special Threshing machine. Also, threshing machines powered by horses and tractors will also be featured. Flailing of oats will be demonstrated as well. Oat straw will be baled by a John Deere Straw Press and a fanning mill will also be in operation.
Corn shelling using a Minneapolis Moline Corn Sheller will demonstrate how corn is separated from the ear and cleaned. The cobs will be ground into livestock bedding using a cob grinder. Corn will be ground into livestock feed powered by horses. A grist mill will be in operation making corn meal and brooms will be made using broom corn grown on the show grounds.
Wood and lumber demonstrations are a big attraction. This year, you will see sawmilling and buzz sawing powered by gas and steam power. Field demonstrations will feature horse plowing, mowing, raking, and loading of loose straw featuring a mechanical hay loader pulled by horses. There will be displays of antique farm machinery, tractors, early “hit and miss” gasoline engines, and miniature steam powered displays. Visitors will see blacksmithing demonstrations, horse shoeing, equipment powered by horse treadmills, broom and rope making. There will be buggy rides and a “train” will transport show goers around the grounds.
Children’s activities will include a petting zoo, pony rides, and games. Also, returning this year is the popular “quarters in the strawstack.”
Tours of the 1865 Moses Yoder home; 1882 Daniel Schrock home; Yoder Workshop and German School will feature demonstrations and displays of the Amish way of life. A highlight each day will be the Parade of Power featuring horses and mechanical powered equipment with commentary provided to describe the items as they pass by.
Delicious food will be served in our beautiful pavilion. We will have full meals and sandwiches, plus a pancake, sausage, and liverwurst breakfast served on Saturday. You can also enjoy home made ice cream, kettle corn, lemonade shakeups, crafts, and much more. All funds are used for the continued growth of the Illinois Amish Heritage Center Campus. Everyone is welcome and invited to come out for a day of fun and learning for the entire family. Porta potties on site. Handicapped accessible. Golf carts are welcome.
The Illinois Amish Heritage Center is located on Illinois 133 nine miles west of Arcola or 3.5 miles east of Arthur on Illinois Route 133. The show entrance is on County Road 400E. For more information, call Jim Fleming at 217-791-1026 or online www.illinois amish.org and be sure to like us on Facebook, Illinois Amish Heritage Center.
August 5, 2022 9:00 AM – August 6, 2022 3:00 PM
Illinois Amish Heritage Center
Arthur, Illinois 61911