The Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Show begins within two weeks. For yesteryear farm enthusiast, this event is a must see.

The Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Show begins within two weeks. For yesteryear farm enthusiast, this event is a must see.

This year, Alliss Chalmers tractors will be the feature of the show. As the show puts it, ‘gathering of the orange.’ Located at the Brady Showgrounds, the show will run from September 8-11.

Before the show begins on September 8 a ‘Gathering of the Orange Tractor Caravan,’ will commence from Lexington on a two day journey to bring in the Allis Chalmer Tractors to the Brady Showgrounds. The Gathering of the Orange tractor caravan is a separate event from the tractor cruise listed below and is being coordinated by Rick Maldeney.

“A two day tractor caravan will travel from Lexington to Boonville on Wednesday and Thursday with an overnight stop in Marshall. The route will take riders through scenic countryside and some of Missouri’s best farmland along the same route taken during the caravan to the Lathrop GOTO in 2014 and to the Boonville GOTO in 2006,” according to the MRVSEA webiste. “Tractors will depart from Bill Hoeppner’s farm south of Lexington and travel through Higginsville and stop at Corder for a lunch break. They will then travel to the Saline County Fairgrounds in Marshall for an overnight stop. Total distance for the first day will be approximately 47 miles. On Thursday, the tractors will travel to historic Arrow Rock, Missouri for a lunch stop. After 48 miles on the second day they will arrive at the Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association (MRVSEA) Brady Farm show grounds at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Missouri Highway 179.”

For more information, contact Rick Maldeney at 636-980-7249 or dadmalden45@yahoo.com.

The annual 2016 MRVSEA Tractor Cruise will commence as usual on Friday (September 9) morning.

Route: Approximately 28 miles
• Leave from Brady Show Grounds at 9:00 AM
• Travel Hwy. 98 to Boonville Orscheln’s – 11 miles
• Travel Route B south, to Cooper County Memorial Hospital (loop around parking lot).
• Then north on Route B to Logan’s Lake Road West, Hwy. 5 South to Hannah Cole Primary School, then Hwy. 5 North to Sombart Road to Sante Fe Trail to Harley Park – 7 miles
• Lunch at Harley Park. Group 2 will eat lunch at 11 while group 1 tours the Mitchell Museum (see mitchellcarcollection.com for more information). At noon, the groups will trade locations with group 1 returning to Harley Park for lunch while group 2 tours the museum.
• Leave Harley Park via Morgan St.; travel Main St. to Locust St., left on Locust St., (past David Barton Elementary School) to 11th St. to 87 to Hwy. 98 – 11 miles
The cost is $30, which includes all meals and a ticket to tour Lewis Miller’s Mitchell Collection.
For more information, contact Marty James at (660) 882-5633 day or (660) 838-6000, evenings. Email James at oldabe@iland.net for more information as well.

The tractors make their way to the grounds, visitors will be able to see a number of farming demonstrations that are a part of history. These demonstrations and activities include threshing with steam and gas, field demonstrations - tractors and horses, lumber sawing, straw baling with stationary baler, molasses making, antique engines, corn husking, live music, Brady Farmhouse tours, historical life skills demonstrations, flea markets, quilting demonstrations, kids train, petting zoo, craft demonstrations, general store, food concessions, rock crushing, kids train - free, blacksmithing, classic cars and trucks and tractor pull. The parade of power will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. each day.

Visitors will be amazed by the living history that is shown at the grounds, including older buildings such as a log cabin and old church that have been restored to give visitors an idea of structures of the time era being represented at the grounds.

Brady Showgrounds is located right off the Overton-Wooldridge Exit of I-70.