The Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association’s Back to the Farm Reunion and 55th Annual Steam Engine Show will return to Boonville from Sept. 6-9 at the Brady Farm Showgrounds.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Wax said the event each year attracts people from near and far, bringing a lot of money into the local economy. The event is expected to draw about 7,000 people to its vendors and exhibitors. Organizer Dennis Ficken said all of the 13 hotels in Boonville will be sold out for the four-day show.
“This is the biggest event we have in Boonville,” he said.
Wax and Ficken said the event always good for local businesses.
“People who come here will shop in Boonville,” he said. “They are coming from Canada and every state in the union.”
Ficken said the event will feature 2018 models with tractors and equipment, as well as a CASE National Show.
A tractor cruise extending 39 miles from the showgrounds will be held next Friday. Other Friday activities include watermelon sawing.
Besides the 300 tractors, there will be 100 hit-and-miss gas engines, a four-stroke internal combustion engine that is controlled by a governor to operate at a set speed.
On each of the four days, there will be a threshing, blacksmiths, field demonstrations with horses and trailers, straw baling with stationary balers and antique engines featuring Iowa built gas engines. The tractor games will only be held Thursday.
Other activities include a tour of the Brady Farmhouse, horse powered sweep and threshing, quilting demonstrations, historical life skills demonstrations, flea markets, a petting zoo, rock crushing and shingle making.
On Sep. 8 the Mid America Tractor Pullers Association will have four divisions with speeds being five mph, eight mph and 12.5 mph.