Greenville Steam Threshers to hold reunion

By Ilene Haluska ihaluska@civitasmedia.com

June 17, 2014

GREENVILLE - The Darke County Commissioners recently announced the proclamation of the 58th Annual Darke County Steam Threshers’ Reunion.

The event this year will be held July 3-6 at York Woods on State Route 127 just outside of Greenville.

The first Steam Threshers Reunion was held in 1956 as a small one-day picnic on a small field in Greenville. Since then the purpose of the event is where agriculture equipment and practices of the past may be displayed and demonstrated for the education and information of a generation not fully aware. of their heritage, according to the proclamation.

“Each year at our annual reunion we strive to give guests a glimpse of what rural life was like in the days of the past. At our annual reunion you can see displays of antique full size steam engines, scale steam engines, tractors, and stationary engines. In addition you can see some of these machines in use,” said the club’s president David Gibson.

Guests at the reunion can watch the stages of harvesting that used to be used by the antique machinery. They can watch old fashioned plowing and saw milling.

“One of our oldest pieces of equipment is an 1881 Ahrens Steam Pumper displayed by the Arcanum Fire Department,” said Gibson, adding that the process of how wheat was made for the 1900s market is a visitor’s favorite.

If you go to this year’s show, the dates are July 3-July 6. It will feature Case Steam Engines, Farmall and International Harvester Tractors, McCormick Deering and International Gas Engines. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under for free; Thursday admission $3.00 for everyone 62 and older; Sunday is $2.00 discount with the contribution of a canned food all contributions will be donated to a local charity.