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.
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
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
George Schaaf, an avid tractor collector, has offered to bring a Pioneer Tractor and Case 40/72 side shaft tractor to the show this year.
Google George Schaaf to learn more about his extensive collection.
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.
CENTRAL STATES THRESHERMEN’S REUNION 65 YEARS
Organized in 1948 called “Zehr’s Central States Steam
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.
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.
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