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Steam Threshing Festival

August 2 - August 4

The annual Steam Threshing Festival is held the first weekend in August. The dates for the next Festival are August 2-3, 2024. Visitors will see very rare steam engines, one-of-a-kind trucks and automobiles, large gas engines, and prairie tractors.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can tour the many museums and historical displays on the grounds. Exhibitors and guests enjoy the live farm demonstrations including grain threshing, log sawing, plowing, ensilage cutting, shingle making, horsepower testing, corn shredding, lumber planning, feed grinding, corn shelling and much, much more.

In 2024, we will host the Iowa Massey Collectors and will feature the complete line of machinery and equipment related to Massey.

We welcome those who exhibit all makes and models of farm equipment. Although each year has a feature focus, we have room for displays of all makes and models. There is no fee to exhibit.

Admission to the Festival is $10 for all three days. Children aged 12 and under are admitted free. There is no admission fee for exhibitors.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY NIGHT

The Standing Hampton Band will perform Friday, Aug. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Pavilion at the Park. The five-member band plays 70s and 80s Classic Rock. The band has been around for over 20 years and have played over 1200 gigs at casinos, festivals, fairs, weddings, corporate events and bars. They have opened for national acts including Cheap Trick, Night Ranger and Eddie Money. As they say,  Don’t overthink it, get to a show and sing along; this band will remind you it’s great to be alive.”

 

 

CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTORS AND ENCAMPMENT

The National Blues: 47th Illinois Volunteer Infantry is an American Civil War reenacting unit located in Central Illinois. The unit will take part in the Steam Threshing Festival. Members will arrive Friday, August 2 and be on the grounds for the weekend.
The encampment will be located to the east of the entertainment pavilion on the main grounds of Heritage Park.
Members of the group encourage visitors to stop by and visit with the members who will be dressed and reliving the Civil War era. Members will march in the Parade of Power Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Following the parade there will be a battle demonstration.
There will be Civil War-era games and toys for the kids at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
There will be a Victorian Ladies Tea at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday held near the entertainment pavilion.
The National Blues are a family group that provides a progressive authentic style of reenacting. The group mainly portrays Western Federal Infantry but many members branch out to other impressions such as WWII Engineers, WWII Infantry, WWII Russian, Confederate Infantry, Viking Era men and women and much more.

 

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For a tentative schedule of events, click here.

Details

Start:
August 2
End:
August 4
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Venue

Heritage Park of North Iowa
1225 Highway 69 South
Forest City, IA 50436 United States
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