Get all steamed up this weekend in Freeport

July 1, 1993

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

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