A trip into history at Steam & Gas Power Show

Tippecanoe County Steam & Gas Power Show. (WLFI Photo/Keith Hatten)
Tippecanoe County Steam & Gas Power Show. (WLFI Photo/Keith Hatten)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A three day event shows off some of the steam and gas powered tractors used over the last 100 years.

More than 150 tractors will be out at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater for the 34th annual Steam and Gas Power Show. Many of the tractors on display were made by companies that no longer exist, including one steam-powered tractor built in 1927.

Visitors will also be able to see the tractors in action, plowing the field, slashing wheat and even sawing wood. One volunteer said he loves being at the show because it brings back memories.

“I come from a farm background and have always wanted to remember how we used to farm when I was a boy on the farm. It’s just enjoyable to people here. Lots of good friends and just remembering how we used to do things,” said Marshall Martin, a member of the Steam & Gas Association.

He said people enjoy seeing how the tractors operate.

“I would think they would really enjoy the thrashing machine, and the steam engine, and how they used to thrash wheat throughout the United States back in the 1920s and before that time,” Martin said. “So, that’s probably the most unique thing here.

This year marks the ninth year the show has been held at the amphitheater. Admission is free to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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