Historian Cowboy State Antique Steam and Gas Association, Inc. Torrington, Wyoming
Under a beautiful western sky, Wyoming's first thresher's reunion and antique machinery show was held at Torrington on August 1 and 2, 1986. Sponsoring the reunion was the Cowboy State Antique Steam and Gas Association, Inc., which was organized only a few months earlier. Highlights of the two-day event were threshing demonstrations, using a John Deere thresher powered by a 1917 Case steam engine; a team of stately mules working on an IHC hand-tie baler and a mule-powered grain grinder; a parade each afternoon; a hand-crafted ? scale model steam engine, threshing machine and grain wagon; a JD buzz saw sawing cord wood, and many other demonstrations too numerous to mention. An impressive display of 61 stationary gas engines gave the spectators much to look at and reminisce over. Early day farm tractors were numerous, and included early John Deeres, Wallis, and McCormick Deering, with a grand total of 28 tractors. The slow tractor race and antique tractor pull were the final events of each exciting day.
Rides for the young and young-at-heart were provided by a miniature stage coach pulled by Shetland ponies; a surrey with the fringe on the top, drawn by an Appaloosa mare with her colt by her side; and a hay-wagon drawn by a pair of Belgian draft horses. Antique automobiles provided much enjoyment for the crowd, and brought back memories of autos belonging to parents and grandparents.
Other interests included a flea market of hand-crafted items; glass-blowing; and a bake sale featuring many home-made goodies.
Although this was Wyoming's first threshermen's renion, plans are already under way to make certain it will not be the last. The next reunion is set for July 31 and August 1, 1987, at Torrington, Wyoming. The Cowboy State Antique Steam and Gas Association wishes to take this opportunity to invite all who harbor a fondness for antique machinery and good family fun. Exhibitors are welcomed, and will be admitted free of charge.