Camp Creek Threshers Plan Expansion

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Rains and hot weather may come; however, the Camp Creek Threshers of Waverly, Nebraska keep on threshing and improving their annual show each year during the third weekend of July. The 1990 threshing show was the biggest and best yet, and guess what! We ran out of room! 'Help!' was the cry on Sunday as we were greeted by fine, sunny and cool weather and the largest crowd we ever had.

For the last fourteen years, the Waverly rural area has echoed the sounds of steam and gas engines, tractors and machines from the members and exhibitor friends of the club. It has grown from a joint effort of eleven families uniting together on a day in 1976 to run their machines and share their ideas and dreams. Today this dream has reached the current attendance of 10,000 interested exhibitors and spectators.

One of the new features in the last several years has been the addition of an antique print shop featuring operating equipment of the past as we use a collection of small printers and equipment of small towns in rural Nebraska. Under the watchful eyes of Mr. Bob Von Seggern and Judy Ray, the printing is in operation during the show and produces many of the club's programs and bulletins. It's a unique rare feature to a machinery show, and we think it is one of the nicest antique print shops in operation.

The Omaha Area Live Steamers have now joined with the Camp Creek Threshers to exhibit their demonstration models of steam powered trains. Their trains operate on 7? tracks, which are now being built on the show site. The members of their club operate and display the models they have built. They also have their own special steam train show in September of each year. This year's show will be on September 28 and 29, 1991.

With these added exhibits and the increasing attendance at the summer show, Camp Creek Threshers are expanding. The group is seeking funds to increase their existing 17 acre show site to more than 70 acres.' This spring the opportunity became available to purchase the 57 acres of land adjoining the show site. The increased area will be used for on-site parking, in-the-field antique machinery demonstrations, expanded exhibit and flea market areas, and future growth.

The total show site will become the Camp Creek Threshers Heritage Center. Designed by Ken Plautz, a senior architectural student at the University of Nebraska, the site will contain five different areas identified as Heritage Centers within the total site, and each center will house exhibits and activities.

The association will need to secure gifts totalling $ 160,000 to fund the land acquisition and development costs. If we can exceed this goal, it will be possible to extend our utility lines further and construct additional shelters for displays.

Our Capital Development program seeks special gifts for the additional land purchases and developmental costs. These special gifts are appreciated and tax-deductible. For additional information contact Jim Jonas, 402-443-5448, or Bruce Meyer, 402-475-9945, or write to Camp Creek Threshers, P.O. Box 22, Waverly, NE 68462.

The fifteenth annual Camp Creek Antique Machinery and Threshing Bee will be held on July 20 and 21, 1991, at the Camp Creek Heritage Center, located two miles east of the Waverly High School, Waverly, Nebraska. Come watch us grow!