4th Annual Steam Threshing Show at the Illinois Amish Heritage Center

July 31, 2020

The “4th Annual Steam Threshing Show” will take place on the Heritage Center Grounds this summer, on Friday July 31st and Saturday August 1st.  The event will involve an array of activities and demonstrations designed to show how crops were grown and harvested in 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 this year’s show promises to be the biggest and best show yet!

As in the past years the show will focus on the threshing of oats with an early 20th century threshing machine, belt driven by an early steam-powered tractor.  An exciting addition in 2020 will be a threshing machine powered by five teams of horses along with steam and gasoline powered threshing machines.

Other demonstrations will involve various types of early horse demonstrations and the “Parade of Power” each day.  Craft booths, train rides, a petting zoo, activities for the kids, and tours of the historic houses will also be featured along with food booths and meals served in the newly concreted pavilion.

You can find us on Rt. 133 East of Arthur. If you are coming off of I-57 take the Arcola exit and head west on Rt. 133 through Chesterville. You'll see us on the right!