Steam-threshing show set Aug. 3-4 at Illinois Amish Heritage Center

Steam-threshing show set Aug. 3-4 at Illinois Amish Heritage Center

ARTHUR — A steam-threshing show will be held Aug. 3-4 at the new Illinois Amish Heritage Center on Illinois 133, 3 miles east of Arthur.

Event hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 3 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4.

This second annual program will be centered around harvesting and threshing oats using antique farming equipment, including a 1924 steam tractor and threshing machine. Other antique and vintage farming equipment will be on display.

The event will also include field demonstrations of plowing and disking, blacksmithing, goat milking, and butter churning; a petting zoo; pony, buggy and train rides; games for kids and adults; and a food tent serving meals and ice cream made by machines powered by early gas or steam engines.

Other vendors will also be on hand with crafts and snacks.

The 1882 Daniel Schrock house on site will be open for tours and demonstrations and displays, and visitors can also check out the progress being made on the restoration of the 1865 Moses Yoder house.

Admission is $10 per person or $20 per car or buggy load.

All proceeds will be used to help pay for the restoration of the historic Amish houses and other development of the heritage center.