St. Mary's diesel engine at '87 show
Schmidt Hickory Hillside Acres, Rt. #2, Box 84A California, Missouri, 65018
The Missouri River Valley Steam Engine Association (M.R.V.S.E.A.) held its 24th annual show September 11, 12, & 13, 1987 at the Cooper County Youth Fairgrounds, Boonville, Missouri.
The weather cooperated beautifully and we had what many referred to as 'Our biggest and best show ever'. Some of the many attractions included: steam engines, antique tractors, farm machinery, antique cars, work horses, gasoline and diesel stationary and portable engine exhibits, live entertainment, grain threshing, straw baling, corn binding, corn husking, wood splitting, daily parades, flea markets, craft displays and sales, antique and classic tractor pulls, tractor and steam engine games, plowing demonstrations, miniature train rides, church services and many others.
Of special interest was our newly rebuilt sawmill which sawed out many feet of nearly perfect lumber, our horse power farming exhibition which plowed, disked and planted our next year's wheat crop during the show, our horse, tractor and steam engine plowing demonstrations, and our display of nearly 225 tractors. This year we featured John Deere as it was the company's 150th anniversary. We hosted over 95 Deeres 1918-1987 from several states. Trophies were given for oldest tractor and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place best restored tractor.
Although 24 years old, our club and show are young at heart and are both still growing. With the 1987 show now history, we are already working hard on our 1988 show, our 25th, we want to make it even better. In 1988 we will be featuring IHC. Make plans to come and join us in our 25th Anniversary Celebration, September 9, 10, & 11, 1988. We'll be looking for you!