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Steam Show & Threshing Bee

August 12- 15, 2021

Steam Engine Parade at Sycamore Steam Show

PARADE DAILY AT 1:30 PM

Small Scale Steam Railroad & 4H Petting Zoo

Sawmill, Flour Mill, Baling Straw,
250 HP Corliss Steam Engine

Souvenirs, Good Food,
and Flea Market

Parade Daily at 1:30 PM
Watch the Steam Engines and Gas Tractors as they make their way around the Showgrounds!
Small Scale Railroad & FFA Petting Zoo...
...are just a couple of things for the kids to do at the Sycamore Steam Show!
Sawmill, Flour Mill, Baling Straw, Plowing & the 250 HP Corliss Steam Engine
Watch Steam Engines and Gas Tractors as they do work just as they would have over 100 years ago.
Souvenirs, Good Food, and Flea Market Treasures
You'll find all sorts of delicious food to eat and uncover treasures galore at our Flea Market!
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Steam Engine Safety Valve

Admission is $7.00

Children under 12 are free!
Thursday Senior Citizens are $5 

Tickets may be purchased at the gate. 
Cash is accepted.
Show admission is included in Club Membership. Find out more here.

Nichols and Shepard Steam Engine operating Saw Mill

Directions

Taylor Marshall Farm
27707 Lukens Road
Sycamore, IL. 61078

  • 50  Miles West of Chicago, 1/2 mile North of Route 64 on Route 23, 4 miles East on Plank Road, or-
  • 9 mi. West on Route 47 on Plank Road, or-
  • 1-88 to Peace Road (DeKalb), Follow North on Peace Road past Route 64 to Route 23, where it becomes Plank Road, then East 4 miles on Plank Road

Show Attractions

The Sycamore Steam Show has so many amazing attractions that you really have to just come see it for yourself! Below we’ve featured a few of the attractions that you’ll see when you visit the Sycamore Steam Show! Click each box to find out more!

Show Map

Sycamore Steam Show Map
Steam Engine Safety Valve
Steam Engine Safety Valve

Schedule of Events

Morning Activities
Show opens at 7:00 am. Buildings open at 8:30.

9:00 am- National Anthem and Flag Raising

9:15 am to Noon- Daily Activities Begin!

Daily Activities
Sawmill and Shingle Mill in Operation

Flink fan in operation testing Horsepower

Silo Filling- Corn Shelling- Wheat Grinding

Display of Steam and Gas Engines, Gas tractors, antique cars, and other antique power equipment

Field Plowing

Prairie State Scale Railroad

Flea Market

Music and Food

Afternoon Activities

Noon- Lunch Whistle!

1:30- Parade

2:30- Daily Activities Resume

5:00 pm- Show Closes

Nichols and Shepard Steam Engine operating Saw Mill

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Can I bring my Golf Cart?

No. Golf carts and other off road vehicles are not allowed. 

Single person handicapped wheelchairs and scooters are welcomed!

Are pets allowed?

No. Pets are not allowed on the showgrounds. 

Why are the Steam Engines driving backward through the parade?

All the engines and tractors are assigned a number that identifies who and what they are to the person announcing them. The myth is, that someone posted the number on the wrong side fo their engine, and they simply drove backwards for the speaker to still be able to read it.

The truth is it is just kinda fun.

Why do Steam Engines drive so slowly?

Well, for one, they are extremely heavy. They cannot go any faster than 2.5 miles per hour or they will literally fall apart. These machines were also designed to take on strenuous amounts of work and therefore they were not designed for speed.

Why do all the engines whistle at noon?

They are making sure you know it is time for lunch!
Historically, the farmers were spread throughout the fields, and the loud engine whistle could call them all back for lunch.

What does two short whistles mean?

Two short whistles which means the belt is about to start, or engineers will also use this at the show to alert the people around them that they are about to move the engine.

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