SLIDESHOW: Sycamore's 61st Annual Steam Show And Threshing Bee

Aug 11, 2017

The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club is hosting its 61st annual Sycamore Steam Show and Threshing Bee this weekend.

Standing in front of a compound steam engine used to make ice nearly a century ago,  Rockford resident Dick Caudle says he has had a lifelong love for steam-powered engines.

Dick Caudle, of Rockford, shows the components of the compound steam engine
Credit Jenna Dooley

"My grandad worked for the Illinois Central Railroad in Freeport," Caudle said. "I went in the Navy and got put in the engine room, which that never hurt a bit – that was all steam, too, but it was steam turbines. Then I started working with boilers and air conditioning for a living.”

Lebre Miramonte has been coming to the event from Wisconsin since she was three, and now brings her three-year-old daughter.

“The family atmosphere – everyone bonds and gets together and helps," Miramonte said. "I really prefer the beginning of everyone setting up and making it what everyone else comes to experience.”

The event includes a daily parade of old steam engines, tractors, and other antique machines.

The Steam Show and Threshing Bee runs through Sunday.