A large crowd gathered Thursday at the Secretary’s Office in the heart of Pastime Park in Plain City to kick off a decades-old tradition. The morning marked the start of the 68th Annual Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show, an event which, according to one of their slogans, promises to “take you back to simpler times.” The show highlights the gas and steam engine tractors of yesterday and today.
The opening ceremony began at 10 a.m. with the singing of the National Anthem by Mora Menzie, age 10. Following the performance was a prayer from the chaplain, Ed Tuller and a speech from Gary Gallimore, president of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association (MVSTA). Gallimore highlighted all the members involved who make the steam show possible. “We’d also like to thank a couple of people, Dale McKee and the Plain City Police Department and the Plain City Fire Department, Pleasant Valley, also. Thank you.”
Mayor Darrin Lane was also present at the ceremony, welcoming the MVSTA to the park. “We look forward to having you every year and also for a successful show,” Lane said. The ceremony concluded with the loud scream of a steam engine whistle, marking the show’s official start.
The show, which runs to Sunday, July 16, features a number of food vendors, demonstrations and displays starting each morning at 7 a.m. Several returning events will be held including the truck and tractor pulls as well as the old-fashioned baseball game featuring Plain City’s own, Pleasant Valley Dutchmen.
There are also a handful of new events this year, including a wagon ride through the country which stops at Firepunk Diesel, a diesel engine repair service located at 8005 Lafayette-Plain City Road. The company will hold a lunch in their facilities followed by a wagon ride back to the park. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.
John Deere is the feature name this year and all participating tractors can be seen both on the grounds of the park throughout the show, and during the Grand Parade which will run down Main Street, Friday, July 14 at 6 p.m.
Admission to the show is $5 at the gates.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.