Camp Creek Threshers Plan Expansion

By Staff

2830 Dorothy Drive Lincoln, Nebraska 68507

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!

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