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SPARK SHOW AT DUSK
with Photos by Kent Staubus

The Spectacular Spark Show
Closeup view of the Spark Show
It's been a busy day but the festivities are still going on! At dusk the crowd gathers near Steamer Hill awaiting the spectacular Spark Show. One of the huge steam engines is being stoked to send smoke and sparks into the night sky, and all that will be visible are fiery sparks flying high, creating a spectacle that is unique to Threshing shows. It is a re-enactment of the home grown and home made night-time entertainment midwestern folks created back in the days when 4th of July fireworks weren't as available as they are today.
Kent Staubus provided the night time photos on this page.

Waiting for nightfall to begin the show

Kory Anderson building up fire for the Spark Show

The Spark Show begins!
This short video was taken from a distance


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In addition to the Spark show, evening and nighttime activities include moonlight steam rides, steam car rides, some of the food concessions, and just viewing the sights. Kent Staubus took these spectacular photos of the steam engines on Steamer Hill at night. Thank you, Kent, for sharing them with us!

Steamer Hill at dusk

See the Milky Way in the night sky above the steamers

Quiet time for the steamers

We had Kent's spectacular photo of the Spark Show printed on black t-shirts and black sweat shirts as a souvenir of the Threshing Show. They are sold in the Souvenir Shop during the show. Some may still be available. Contact Donna Anderson for more information.

Continue to the photo albuns of some of our Past Parades

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James Valley Threshers Show, Andover South Dakota

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