Home of the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Club
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Located three miles north of Boonville, Indiana off highway 61, Thresherman Park has been at its present location since 1978. It is the permanent home of the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Club which is dedicated to preservation of steam powered engines. The club was formed in 1962 by several area men to help preserve their steam engines. They felt that these and the machines and trades of bygone days would be lost and the first show was held in Boonville in 1964.
Today there are two annual shows held in the summer and fall with different activities at each. In both shows you will find wheat threshing and saw milling as two of the main attractions. At the horse barn there are demonstrations on all types of horse drawn farm equipment. The stationary engines are ran daily during the shows that once ran mills, pumps and other factories. You will also find a blacksmith shop and various trades demonstrated at the shows and sorghum making during the fall show.
Around the park are several old buildings that have been saved from the wrecker. Fletcher Chapel a restored church building was moved from the mines along with Fuller Seminary an old one room school house formerly used as grain storage. Other buildings include an old butcher house and chicken house that were combined to make the club house and a log cabin donated by the University of Southern Indiana. A few years ago there was talk about tearing down the old railway station in Boonville. The steam club took the building, cut it in half and moved it to the park putting it back together.
Entertainment other than the sites of the park include live bands during the shows and one of the largest flea markets in the area. Food concessions give you a wide variety to choose from. You can eat in the main dining area or a quick stop at Old McDonalds. For deserts there is ice cream made with a machine powered by a steam engine and funnel cakes that you have to stand in line for.
The steam show is always held in the last full weekend in July on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the fall show is always the second full weekend in October.
Several other activities are also held throughout the year. The club can be rented for reunions and weddings and often is. Various church groups, scouts and schools also use the park for activities and Warrick County School Corporation holds an annual Pioneer Days.