The 47th annual Steam Show comes to Jacksonville this weekend

By Gary Scott on September 23, 2016 at 7:16am

Antique farming machinery, old time crafts and more will be on display at the Prairie Land Heritage Fall Festival and Steam Show this weekend.

The 47th annual Steam Show kicks off today and runs through Sunday at its usual location on the corner of West Michigan and Lincoln Avenue.

Chairman Hank Poole joined WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?” program earlier this week to discuss this weekend’s festivities.

“Everything’s set and ready to go. The food vendor contracts are back, all the mowing’s been done, it really looks good. Come out and enjoy the Steam Show, plenty to eat, plenty of things to do, plenty of flea markets, nice music, nice tractors to look at. There’s a tractor pull going on Friday … a lot of things going on,” says Poole.

While the Steam Show will feature its usual wobble wagon rides, train rides and petting zoo, Poole says this year’s event has something special.

“The best thing we’ve got this year, we’ve put together an 1827 log cabin. We took a log cabin down out west of town and we brought it in here and put it back together and it’s up for people to go through,” Poole explains.

Today is education day at the Steam Show, with local schools joining the action. Saturday is typically the biggest day of the steam show according to Poole, with an Antique Tractor Pull between 10 am and 2 pm.

Musical entertainment will be provided throughout each day at the bandstand. Isaiah Christian and Paul Summers perform today, followed by Heartland Community Band and Timewell Spent on Saturday and Accrastic Avenue on Sunday.

Pool says that on a good weekend, the Steam Show can bring as many as 10-thousand people. Admission to the Steam Show is $6 for a wrist band, which provides admittance for all three days.

For more details and information about this year’s Prairie Land Heritage Steam Show Days, visit their website at