Get all steamed up this weekend in Freeport

From steam train rides to antique tractor pulls, if you’re into “heavy metal” and “more power,” this weekend’s 37th Annual Threshing & Antique Engine Show has a ticket with your name on it!

The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club is hosting three jam-packed days (July 28-30) with something for everyone—good food, steam train rides, parades, museum displays, authentic demonstrations, a World War II re-enactment, more than 100 flea market vendors, and even an open-air church service in the grandstand at 8:30 a.m., Sunday.

Every year, a tractor and gasoline engine are featured. This year, it’s the Farmall-IH tractor and the Stover gasoline engine. So, whether you like red paint or all things local, whether you are a collector or a groupie, this is the year for you as Daniel C. Stover’s world-wide innovative genius flourished in Freeport.

The Silvercreek/Stephenson Railroad will be open throughout the show with trains leaving the depot hourly beginning at 11 a.m. with the last at 4 p.m.; the 4-mile ride is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12.

The Silvercreek Museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 25 rooms of Americana on display; the whisper-quiet Cooper-Corliss stationary steam engine with its 25-foot flywheel is awesome. A $2 donation per adult is needed to tour the museum.

Gates open at 7 a.m. for breakfast and walking tours of displays at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds (southeast Freeport on Walnut or Fairgrounds road). Bus rides from the fairgrounds to the Railroad/Museum Complex begin at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 12. A three-day pass is available for $10.

Contact Kay at 235-7329 or the Engine Club at 235-2198 for more info. Leave a message or visit

From the July 26-Aug. 1, 2006, issue