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   Step back in time at the Central States Thresherman’s Reunion, held anually over Labor Day weekend. Come see and experience traditional events including rock crushing, threshing, sheep shearing, tractor pulls, and a variety of country music shows. Daily attractions include the General Store, 1900 Country School House, Singer Saw Mill, 1910 Era Blacksmith Shop, 1920 Conoco Gas Station, Craft Show, and Flea Market.

Threshermen’s Park plays host to other exciting events throughout the year, including the Blacksmith Show, Consignment Trading Post Sale, Tractor Drive, Open Horse Show, Fun Horse Show, and the Blue Grass Festival. Check back as event dates and information become available, including registration forms.

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Threshermen’s Reunion is looking for photos of past years

We are looking for people who would be willing to donate old photos of the Threshermsn’s Reunion.  We are going to do a display of old photos. If possible please let us know the year and the names of the people in the photo.  Please do not write on the photos (front or back).  Put the information on a sticky note and put that on the back of the photo.

Please contact Sharon Colclasure at # 815-796-4571

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Thank you to all the people who helped getting the grounds ready ~ to all the people that displayed their "toys" ~ to all the vendors ~ and especially all the visitors.

 Plan to attend the 2014 show August 28th to Sept 1st.

The featured tractors for year 2014 will be

 Allis-Chalmers
&
Graham Bradley
with equipment.
 


President Joe Rittenhouse, right, presents Sylvester Junior Fosdick with a plaque in recognition of his 30 years of service as a director of the reunion. 

Mr. Fosdick was honored for his 30 plus years as a director of the Central States Threshermens Reunion Thursday evening at their monthly meeting April 17, 2014.

Mr. Fosdick, now 82, was 19 years old when he drove one of his father’s steam engine from their farm at Weston to Chautauqua Park in Pontiac for the first reunion in 1949.

Mr. Fosdick has attended every reunion since 1949 except for 2 years he served his country in the U. S. Army

 

 

CENTRAL STATES THRESHERMEN’S REUNION 65 YEARS LATER.

Organized in 1948 called “Zehr’s Central States Steam Engine, Thresher Historical Reunion, Inc.”  The first and second shows were held in Chautauqua Park, Pontiac, Illinois  1949-1950.   The show moved to 4-H Park in 1951.  By 1954 it had become known as “Central States Threshermen’s   Reunion.”  In 1982 the board of directors purchased 40 acres of ground north of Pontiac on Route 23.  In 1986 the show moved from 4-H Park to the new location. 


Here are a few comments from Sylvester Jr. Fosdick.

    After 65 years of being involved with the show I felt it was time to step aside from the Board, but will keep as active as I can with the show.   I want to note that over the years there have been many ups and downs, but it kept growing to become what it is today.  I was 19 years old at the first show and drove dad’s Port Huron engine from Weston to Chautauqua Park.  Uncle Sam drafted me into the Army in 1952 and did not see fit for me to return for two years.   However, Sylvester Fosdick Sr. displayed the Port Huron engine at those shows and dad continued to be a part of the show until he died.  Upon his death 30 years ago I was appointed to take his place on the board. 

    I want to say that I am very proud of what the show is today,  and  has come about because of the many directors and volunteers who work together to make it what it has become.   The Board today is one of the best that you could have.   All put their 200% into it as well as many that help promote and do the work.  It would take pages to put it all into print.  Check the website and you will find records of the many things that have taken place over the years.     I am happy to have been a part of the show for these many years.  God Bless all who help keep this history of the past growing.  

                “Jr”   Fosdick      April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 



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