The LaGrange 4-H Fairgrounds will be alive and steamin’ next weekend for the 32nd Annual Steam and Gas Show, which opens at 9 a.m. each day Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11.
There will be steam engines, antique tractors and farm machinery, gas engines, and sawmills on display. Live stage shows are sure to excite this year, with the “Backwoods Ramblers” singing country music on Friday night and “The Classics’” performing 1950s and 1960s music on Saturday night. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. in the pavilion.
A large flea market will run all weekend, as well as a trading post.
This year’s feature is Case Tractors and Farm Equipment. Case was founded in 1843 by Jerome I. Case in Wisconsin. In the second half of the 19th Century, Case was a leader in steam engine production, making self-propelled portable engines, traction engines, and steam engines.
Case was one of the top 10 farm tractor producers in the 20th Century, although after 1950 they focused primarily on their construction equipment line. Case tractors and equipment will be on display at the show.
There are several special activities lined up for the weekend. An antique tractor pull will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m. There will also be a 125-hp Erie steam engine operating a sawmill, wheat threshing and plowing with steam engines, a parade of tractors and engines on Friday and Saturday, ladies’ programs on Saturday, and a church service on Sunday morning at 8 a.m.
The 8th Annual AMIGO Garden Tractor Reunion will be hosted at the steam and gas show this year. The annual farm toy show will have a variety of farm toy exhibits all weekend.
Admission into the Steam and Gas Show is free for kids under 12 and also for exhibitors involved in the show. All others get in for a small admission price.