MADISON COUNTY — Pastime Park was once again packed and ready for the annual steam show.
The 69th annual Miami Valley Steam Threshers kicked off July 12, beginning the four-day event celebrating decades of classic farm machines. This year, the featured highlights include Ford tractors and other rare and unusual styles.
Also this year, the Steam Threshers Association chose Carl Schrote as Grand Marshal for the 2018 show. Schrote is a Union County resident, a U.S. Army veteran and lifelong farmer of the county. He began collecting and restoring tractors at a young age after developing an interest through his grandfather’s running of steam engines.
“We want to thank Carl for everything he’s done over the years,” said Steam Threshers President Gary Gallimore. “He’s done so much.”
Several events were planned over the four days including the truck and tractor pulls July 14.
“On behalf of the Village of Plain City, we welcome you again. Not only for what you do for the economy of the village and the businesses but also the morale,” Mayor Darrin Lane said. “I know it’s something I look forward to every year.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the steam whistle blew marking the official start of the show.
“I would like to welcome everybody here this year,” said Gallimore. “We hope everyone has a safe show.”
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.