threshing bee

Jenna Dooley

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.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A man was seriously injured at the Sycamore Steam Show and Threshing Bee this morning. His arm was caught in a piece of antique machinery: a Sycamore fire department spokesman describes the injury as serious, but not life-threatening. He was flown by helicopter to a trauma center in Rockford.

  There was an ambulance company on site: they were able to free him and treat him until the helicopter arrived. He’s said to be in his early 30s. Meanwhile, the steam show has resumed.