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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Steam engine show demonstrates past era

  • Steam engine show demonstrates past era
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  • The Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association held another successful Steam Engine Show this weekend according to MRVSEA President Dennis Ficken. Ficken said attendance was very similar to past shows.
    With 12 full size and between 5-6 scaled steam engines, the show also featured a large number of John Deere and other tractors throughout the weekend. While John Deere was the featured tractor for the 50th annual show, almost all tractor types could be found on the grounds.
    The show featured demonstrations from rock crushing, thrashing and old farming techniques. The grounds also featured many old buildings individuals could tour, including a house, a barn and out buildings.  
    The Steam Engine Show was not all about farming or machinery. Many vendors selling antiques and collectibles throughout the grounds were featured as well. Ficken said the vendors were very happy with the turnout as many of them were able to sell a lot of their items.
    Church services were held for the second time in an old church, which is being preserved by the MRVSEA. Services were led by Minister Gilbert Humphrey. Ficken said the church is a work in progress and the next plan is to install the original hardwood in the church. Period lighting will be installed at a later date.
    Ficken said this year boasted more teams of horses, including a better area for the horses and demonstrations. He also said the tractor pull, which occurred during Friday and Saturday nights of the show went very well.
    There will be many projects the MRVSEA will soon begin, including construction of a log cabin home near the old church and an improved area for trailers and trucks.
    Three of the last founding members were recognized during the show, which included Frank Warmbroth, Dean Schrader and Melford Haller.
    "I want to thank everyone who came from the Boonslick and the surrounding states to support our show," Ficken said.
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