History of the Mill Road Thresherman Show

History of the Mill Road Threshermans Show

The first Thresherman’s Demonstration was held on July 24, 1982. It was started by neighbors Louis Milleville and Wayne Mueller who thought it would be fun to thresh wheat and oats with a 1930’s era 2238 McCormick Deering threshing machine owned by Louis. The first event took place on what is known as “Mill Road”, which is just south of the I-70 interchange in Altamont.

A group of friends and neighbors gathered together with their antique tractors, implements, hit-ad-miss engines, and cars. They threshed oats in the morning and after an “old fashioned lunch”, served by the Altamont JC’s, wheat was threshed in the afternoon. The day was a big success with over 400 people registered in attendance. It was decided to move the next show to the Effingham County Fairgrounds, where every show since has been held. That show was on, July 16-17, 1983.

The group also wanted to find a steam engine to use to power the threshing machine. The Blomberg family of Farina owned the nearest operating steam engine and agreed to let the group use it, provided they could find a capable operator. A local man, Ben Winter, had extensive knowledge and experience in operating steam engines. Ben agree to run the steamer and an even bigger show was held in 1983. In order to help organize and operate the next show in 1984, the group incorporated as the Mill Road Thresherman Association Inc. on May 1, 1984.

After the next show, held July 14-15, 1984, which was the first show held without sponsorship from the JC’s, the charter and bylaws were approved and signed on October 5, 1984 by the three original directors. They were Marlin Milleville of Altamont, Ed Jansen of Sigel, and Eldo Tate of Stewardson. Officers elected were: President – Louis Milleville, Vice-President – Ben Winter, Secretary – Roy Cochran, and Treasurer – Art Trost.

About the Show

The Mill Road Thresherman Show is held at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont, IL. This is a family friendly show with lots of activities for the kids, great entertainment, bluegrass, antique farming demonstrations, tractor pulls, horse pull, flea market, toy tractor show, and lots, lots, more. Come out and see for yourself.

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