Some features of our show and personal stories
illustrating the history of farming and family
life back when the Midwest was being settled.
Preserving the machinery and crafts that
supported everyday life is our goal. Browse
these ages to learn more.
||The story of Kevin and Donna Anderson's rare
1910 Stanley Steam car. Kevin provides free
rides to showgoers as time permits. Two videos
show the steam car in operation, fun to watch.
|Big Boy Toys
||All the big boy toys on the Showgrounds make
the Show an exciting and fun experience.
From huge steam engines to rare vintage farming
equipment to tractors and vintage autos,
there is plenty to see and talk about.
|Steam is King
||While all kinds of vehicles, tractors, trucks,
vintage autos and farm equipment are plentiful
in the Show, the real stars are the huge
old powerful steam engines that are everywhere
in Threshermen's Park. Our big "Steam
is King" sign beside Route 12 tells
it like it is. Many photos
|Sea of Red
||The "Sea of Red" International
Harvester tractor collection of Mick and
Carol Osterman is illustrated. Mick describes
some of the rare pieces in their extensive
||The story of Gary and Linda Anderson's collection
of Ford tractors. They bring many tractors
to our show, and invite visiitors to view
their collection in their own tractor barn
||"Going Green" with John Deere tractors
is the story of Richard Anderson's collection.
He loves to participate in the gas tractor
plowing, and shows several of his green tractors
in the Parade and on the Showgrounds.
||Garrett, one of our youngest members, at
the age of 12 tells the story of his first
visit to the James Valley Threshing Show,
and his introduction to the small town of
||Jordan, who wrote his story at the age of
12, is very involved in steam, and has participated
in the steam plowing demonstrations at the
James Valley Threshing Show. He also displays
his Lionel trains in the toy show.
||Bruce Wherry tells the story of his 1909
Huppmobile, which he rescued and restored
and drives in our parade and on the Showground.
More vintage automobiles in our vintage car
show are also illustrated.
||Donna Anderson is very active in the Quilt
Show and Heritage Crafts activities. Quilting,
sewing, weaving, embroidery, and hand work
of all types were the way the material needs
of everyday family life were met.
||Kate Kelly displayed her collection of toy
irons and toy laundry equipment in the Heritage
Crafts building. The toys reflect how women's
work was done back in the days before modern
appliances made domestic life easier.
||Sue Clunick's amazing collection of vintage
beaded and mesh purses is accompanied by
Sue's display of vintage women's apparel
and other antiques used in the everyday lives
of women long ago.
||The story of our musicians and music, which
entertain our showgoers with old fashioned
songs and instruments. They bring back memories
of family fun back when entertainment was
|A bit of the history of the tiny town on
the South Dakota prairie that hosts the James
Valley Threshing Show's largest demonstration
of steam and gas plowing in the country.
Plus photos and the Waldorf Hotel.
The James Valley Threshing
many events, happenings
and buildings that
preserve and demonstrate
and family life in the
Midwest. Browse through
our pages to learn more
||In 2016 James Valley Threshers will host
the J.I. Case Foundation 30th Case Expo.
Antique Case engines, tractors, and other
Case farming equipment will be featured.
|150 HP Case
||Our member Kory Anderson has undertaken the
project of re-creating a legendary early
1900's 150 horse power Case road locomotive,
none of which are still in existence today.
A major and important project.
|80 HP Case
|The 80 HP Case steam engine originally owned
by the Art Fryslie family is now with the
Kevin Anderson family in Andover. Scott Anderson
and son Drake are restoring it, and it will
be at the Threshing Show this year.
|Jason Mentele captured on video from his
drone hovering over the Park the early morning
preparation for the Tractor Show, the Threshing
and Steam Plowing demonstrations. Unique
view, fun to see.
|Paul Kosel's YouTube video of the Saturday
Parade lets you experience the fun and excitement
of one of our most famous events, and a view
of vintage vehicles in motion.
||Our Showground is filled with tractors of
every make and description, plus other antique
and interesting farming equipment and vintage
vehicles. Many photos to view and study
||Steamers of every size pulling multi-bottom
plows in the largest plowing demonstration
in the country, a thrilling sight captured
in many closeup and long range photos and
||Gas tractors of every age and description
pulling plows demonstrate how farming was
done, and is still done on family farms in
||Gordon Bergh explains the history of threshing,
one of the most ancient of all human endeavors.
His story is illustrated with many photos
and a video.
||The Brown County Old Time Tractor Association
puts on a Tractor Pull competition at the
James Valley Threshing Show.
||At nightfall one of the big steam engines
is fired up to send a spectacular show of
sparks into the night sky, re-creating the
home made fireworks shows originating on
family farms of old.
||Nine pages of photos of some of our past
years' parades. Photos can be supersized
and downloaded if desired. See all the details
of vintage, unusual and treasured farm vehicles
||Our Quilt Show has a different theme every
year, and all types of quilts are shown in
the Heritage Crafts Building, with a quilting
program on Saturday morning. Many photos
|The Prairie Fiber Arts Guild gives on-going
demonstrations of weaving, knitting, spinning
wool, sewing and other traditional fiber
arts in the Quilters and Weavers Building.
|The Ladies of Steam presented "Women
Teaching Women Steam" at our Show, giving
women the opportunity to learn hands-on the
fun and techniques of operating steam engines.
|With special kid-size equipment and toy tractors,
kids compete in their own tractor pull, just
like the big one. Trophies are awarded, and
every kid wins a prize. Many photos
||The Carl Johnson Memorial Free Tractor Giveaway,
to stimulate interest in collecting and showing
vintage tractors. Ages 10 to 20 can enter
for free. The winner is drawn on Sunday.
|The Lazy Farmers 4H Club has served their
famous Saturday Noon Ham Dinner for many
years. It's their major fund raising event,
and they have also given back to the Show.
|Showgoers can join our working Threshers
for the traditional hearty breakfast of eggs,
sausages, ham, hash browns, baked goods &
coffee. In the Feed Bin at the Park. Low
price makes it a real bargain too.
|On Saturday after the parade the Wells Fargo
Bank of Groton provides a free Watermelon
Feast to show goers on the Main Street of
||Showgoers wander through our Flea Market
searching for treasures in the variety of
interesting goods offered. We welcome our
past vendors, and are always looking for
new sellers too.
Our fields and buildings house the events
and activities that make our Show unique
and enjoyable. Browse through the pages to
|Tour of Park
||A virtual Tour of Threshermen's Park and
the activities happening during the three
days of the Threshing Show. Also a look at
most of our buildings, their special features
and what goes on there. Many photos
||The Harold Brown Family Sawmill and the Fie,
Briden and Anderson Miniature Sawmill demonstrate
how sawing was done back in the days when
steam engines provided the power to run the
||The James Valley Tractors Club built and
furnished a blacksmith shop like the one
John Deere would have used back in the day.
Demonstrations are given on heating up iron
and making useful objects.
||The Roger and Linda Johnson Memorial Building
houses vintage and unusual machines and engines
used in farming. Ongoing demonstrations are
given, and the machines are on display during
||The history of the old Stratford Sinclair
Station that was moved on to the Threshermen's
Park grounds, complete with two antitque
visible gas pumps. Our musicians may gather
there for impromptu jam sessions.
||Verl Cutler donated his 1924 Cook Car to
the James Valley Threshers, where it demonstrates
how it was used as a kitchen and dining room
to provide meals to threshing crews on family
farms back in the day.
||The history of the Threshers Community Church,
which was moved from its original home in
Aberdeen and restored to represent the small
churches that served farm families in the
||Burdell Bohn donated the old one-room school
house that both he and his father attended.
It is the home of our Toy and Doll Show featuring
farming toys, Lionel trains, a model ferris
wheel, many dolls and other toys.
||Our old one-room school house is completely
outfitted with vintage school furnishings
to show what schooling was like for farm
children and teachers in the days before
electricity and running water. It was donated
by Ray Pulfrey.
||The schoolhouse playground is equipped with
sturdy swings with horses to ride, slides,
teeter totters, and a sandbox fashioned from
a big old tractor tire. It provides safe
old fashioned fun for youngsters.
||The story of the tin dipper on the water
cooler in the schoolhouse, illustrated with
a poem by Margaret Neel. It was a necessity
back in the days before running water.
|Feed Bin &
|The Feed Bin is where you can get the Threshermen's
Breakfast daily, the 4H Club Ham Dinner on
Saturday, and good home cooked hearty meals
every day. Our food vendors offer a variety
of good food too.
||Our General Store - the Souvenir shop, is
where you can get a variety of fun and useful
souvenirs including our fabulous Spark Show
T-shirts and sweat shirts, our 40th Anniversary
Book and more.
Useful things to know about the James Valley
Threshers, our show, our book and our sponsors.
Browse through these pages to learn more
||Schedule of the activities for the three
||Poster advertising the current year's Show
||Information about the James Valley Threshers
40th Anniversary Book
||Maps and directions to our Show in Threshermens
Park in Andover South Dakota
|Accommodations for travellers, nearby motels,
hotels and camping facilities
||Information about the James Valley Threshers
and the James Valley Tractor Club
||How to contact us for assistance or information,
or about participating in the show.
||These generous sponsors made our Book possible.
Patronize them whenever possible.