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Thresherman Association festival returns to Pinckneyville

Thresherman Association festival returns to Pinckneyville

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PINCKNEYVILLE — History comes alive in Pinckneyville this week as the American Thresherman Association hosts its 52nd annual Steam, Gas and Threshing Show at the Perry County Fairgrounds.

The show begins Wednesday night with a Draft Horse Pull. Thursday will feature the tractor parade, the antique tractor pull and the grand opening of the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum, which is on the fairgrounds.

On Friday and Saturday, the Illinois Tractor Pull Association will host competitions, and Sunday will feature an antique auto show and swap meet.

Attendees of the threshing show will be able to see demonstrations of milling, horse and steam plowing, and horse and steam threshing getting a glimpse of the evolution of hundreds of years of farming technology.

Two 110 horsepower steam engines, pulling a 14 and 16 bottom plow, will be featured. The two engines are 100 years old, and they are two of the only 12 in existence.

— Brent Stewart

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