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Threshing Show opens in Adams this weekend

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It's time once again for the annual Threshing Show in Adams, where guests love posing in front of machines from yesteryear. SUBMITTED

The Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association is preparing for the 48th Annual Steam Threshing Show scheduled for this upcoming weekend in Adams.

The big event features a Saturday parade at 10 a.m. with a long line of tractors driven by local residents and visitors.

One of the show's biggest showcases is a steam-operated wheel, about 24-feet in diameter, that once powered electricity and water for the city of Clarksville. It has been on the grounds in Adams since the early 1970s.

The annual event features educational demonstrations, with antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts for sale, and has vendors selling food both days to folks who visit the historical event in Adams, the home of the legendary Bell Witch, according to the Threshing Show's Robert Mitchell.

"If someone is not familiar with how they use to thresh wheat with the steam engine and the wheat thrashers, with a lot of the old-timey equipment, they should come on out," Mitchell said. "Of course, here at the Bell School, we have the old Bell log cabin, the doctors' offices, the barbershop and the Adams museum open and on display."

Mitchell said the techniques for threshing that will be demonstrated at the show changed just after World War II.

"That was probably a turning point with a lot of change in those years with factories beginning to produce," Mitchell said. "Everything down here is 100 years old. We're the biggest show of its kind in the southeastern United States."

In addition to steam engines and tractors, the show features demonstrations of wheat threshing and sawmilling.

There will be antique gas and diesel engines to view, along with a tractor pull and a miniature pony pull. The mule pull has been cancelled due to the owner's illness.

Additional events include:

  • Blacksmiths will feature their work
  • A flea market on location
  • There will be fresh ground flour and corn meal prepared
  • An 1892 Corlis Steam Engine
  • Fairbanks-Morse diesels
  • Entertainment from Howard Decker and the Cosmic Cowboys

The 48th Annual Steam Threshing Show is open on Friday, July 21 through Saturday, July 22.

Gates open at 8 a.m. and Parking is free. Admission cost: $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

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