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
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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.
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
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!
Schedule of Events
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!
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
Prairie State Scale Railroad
Music and Food
Noon- Lunch Whistle!
2:30- Daily Activities Resume
5:00 pm- Show Closes
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.