The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club presents the 56th Sycamore Steam Show & Threshing Bee. August 9 through 12, 2012, sees an exhibition of steam-powered equipment in action.
The club formed in 1957. Chuck Raymond and LeRoy Levine owned a steam engine that was featured in the 1956 DeKalb Centennial Parade. They formed the club with steam power buff Rupert Jordan, who was elected chairman. They continue to meet four times a year, and are currently have a Green Team working to restore a John Deere Light Industrial tractor.
Activities will include threshing with steam engines, a sawmill bought by the club in 1968, Barrel Train Rides, a mule team, boiler making and repair, a parade of steam engines (daily at 1:30 pm!), a flea market and the Vilter Tamdem-Compound Corliss Stationary Steam Engine. The noon steam whistle tells you when it’s time for lunch, served by Fay’s Fabulous Pork Chop and Chicken Barbeque (and other vendors).
The Sycamore Steam Show will be at the Taylor Marshall Farm, 27707 Lukens Road, Sycamore, IL. Public events run 9:30am to 4pm. Fay’s will be serving until 6pm.
Admission is $6.00. Steampunks under 12 are free.