I recently had the chance to attended the annual Camp Creek Threshing Show near Waverly on July 19. It was hotter than blazes, but it was a great time! This was the first time I'd been to this particular show, and the thing I was most impressed by was the wide variety of demonstrations as well as the fact that the organization maintains a permanent exhibition grounds with several restored buildings. The demonstrations included threshing, corn shelling, baling, a steam shovel, vintage combines, and many more that I didn't get a chance to see.
The featured tractors this year were Olivers and their close relatives Hart-Parr and Cockshutt.
Corn shelling in progress.
I was very fascinated by the combines - both the self-propelled and pull-type. Tractor restorations are pretty common, but it's rare to see fully restored combines. I can't imagine the labor and the parts hunting that had to have gone into a project like this. I'm glad that people are starting to preserve this area of farm equipment as well.
I would highly suggest attending this show next year, as they will be featuring the large steam and prairie tractors. The Camp Creek Threshers must be commended for organizing an excellent show and for their hard work and dedication in preserving our rural heritage.