The Brady Show Grounds opened their gates at 8:00 a.m. yesterday, marking the beginning of the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association's annual fall show. Vendor's booths, concession stands, vintage tractors and massive engines powered with steam lined the fences, occupied overhangs and dotted the rolling hills.
An $8 wristband covers the cost for the duration of the show, which doesn't end until Sunday. Children under 12, as well as exhibitors, are admitted for free.
Activities set for the Show Grounds feature threshing with steam and gas, log sawing, demonstrations with tractors and horses, threshing with horse and tractor power, corn husking, molasses making, antique engines, jam sessions, a kids train and petting zoo, 1930's-era farmhouse tours, horse pulls, flea markets, quilting demonstrations, craft demonstrations, a general store, food service in the summer kitchen, concessions and a thresherman's dinners and blacksmithing.
Yet to take place is balloon-launch, scheduled for between 5:45 - 6 p.m. on Saturday, permitting agreeable weather. A tractor cruise is due to pass through downtown Boonville today.
"The best place for the public to watch the parade is downtown Boonville from approximately 1:30-1:45 p.m., or anywhere along the attached parade route," said MRVSEA Tractor Cruise Chairman, Marty James earlier in the week.
A photo gallery and video of vintage tractors and steam engines is available in our photo gallery and video sections.