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Everyone was welcome to the 33rd annual Western Illinois Threshers Bee, which was held August 4, 5, & 6th of 2000, featuring International Harvester tractors, trucks, and gas engines. Close to 500 tractors were present. Many could be seen operating in the daily parades, tractor pulls, tractor games, and many demonstrations.
In the car area the International Scout Connection from Ft. Madison, Iowa (a national club and newsletter for International Scout owners), displayed many very nice vintage Scout trucks, as well as memorabilia. Many other vehicles from different auto companies were also on hand.
Rob Coyle presenting Ted Stein of Ft. Madison, Iowa, with the featured engine plaque. HisZ 1914 15HP Mogul engine #501 in the background. This was the first engine of this size to come off the assembly line.
The 2000 featured tractor1937 T20 Crawler owned by Lester Harnetiaux of Hamilton, Illinois.
Down gas engine alley over 250 engines large and small could be seen; many demonstrating their everyday chores from their days on the farm, like pumping water, grinding corn, generating electricity, and washing clothes. Unusual tools, scooters, and vintage lawn tractors could also be seen.
Over all the pops and bangs of engines, the wail of air horns from the Western Illinois Threshers Short Line Railroad could be heard. Motor cars kept busy hauling hundreds of passengers around the campground throughout the weekend. Many more inspectors and section cars, and other railroad equipment and memorabilia were displayed in and around the Bushnell Depot area.
Something for everyone could be found in the rows and rows of flea market vendors and good food and plenty of bluegrass entertainment greeted visitors in the village of Edge Wood.
If that wasn't enough to keep visitors entertained, some of the many daily demonstrations such as steam plowing, threshing, saw mills, straw baling, rock crushing, and even pony power threshing, did. After an afternoon parade one could relax with an evening supper and live country music around the grandstand.
Our 34th annual show will be held August3,4, &. 5th 2001, featuring Case tractors and cars, and Cushman gas engines. See ya all there!