Freeport Threshing Show Photos

Stephenson County Antique Engine Club
2954 S. Walnut Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
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Until you've seen a threshing show, it's difficult to imagine what there is to see. Here is a small sample of what you might find on your visit to the Freeport Show.


Threshing the Wheat

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Before combines became commonplace, wheat was harvested in sheaves and brought to a central location for threshing. Threshing machines separated the straw and chaff from the grain. Though there is much more to see at the Freeport Threshing Show, this process gives threshing shows their name.


Steam Traction Engine

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Built before the term "tractor" was coined, these steam traction engines could pull like a tractor, or that belt drive could power threshers, sawmills, and a host of other machinery. Watch them work at the Freeport Show.


Rows of Antique Tractors

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These are only a few of the many antique tractors on display at the show.


Tractor and Plow

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Some of the antique tractors also have implements on display.


Austin Automobile

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One of many fascinating antique cars at the Freeport Show


Antique Vehicles

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Rows of antique vehicles grace the show grounds.


Stationary Engine

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Small stationary gasoline engines handled a multitude of jobs before rural electrification. There are many such engines on display at a threshing show, often along with the machines they ran. This Stover engine was made in Freeport.


At the 2009 show, 12 horses powered a 120-year-old thresher.


Horse Powered Baler

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Then, the straw from the threshing was baled.


The show features a working blacksmith shop with machine tools powered by an overhead line shaft.

Line Shaft in Blacksmith Shop

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Sawmill

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A working sawmill always draws an audience.


Spark Show

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Nighttime, some sawdust, and a hard working traction engine make quite a fireworks display.


Antique tractor pulls provide entertainment in the evening.

Tractor Pull with Full Sled

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Horse Pull

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Horse pulls are held in the evening in the fairgrounds arena.