HCSEA brings the power for its 30th annual show

HCSEA brings the power for its 30th annual show

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For three decades the Holmes County Steam Engine Association has roared to life with plumes of smoke and the whistle of engines. Tractor and horse pulls have thrilled audiences, along with machinery demonstrations, tractor barrel racing, the skidsteer rodeo, the chainsaw demonstration and a contest that pitted those willing to put their skills to the test with tractors, saws and more.

Count this year’s 30th annual celebration as something special.

Steam engines, antique tractors, threshing machines and more will soon roll into Mt. Hope for the 30th annual Holmes County Steam & Engine Show.

“This may be our biggest show yet,” HCSEA President Melvin Wengerd said. “The $10,000 purse featured for our Thursday evening horse pull is the largest in the state and always attracts some of the greatest pulling teams around. A big thank you to Kaufman Realty/JR Miller for their sponsorship.”

The 30th annual three-day event will be held on the Mt. Hope Auction grounds and the Holmes County Event Center in Mt. Hope Aug. 4-6.

The highlights will begin with Thursday’s horse pull, where teams from all over the Midwest will compete for a huge prize package. With the major prize an attractive drawing card, the HCSEA invested in building a new pulling track for both the horse and antique tractor pulls.

Some of the biggest names in horse pulling have shown up, and the one thing horse pullers love is the large crowd because they don’t normally pull in front of crowds this size.

Friday will feature the tractor pull, and Saturday will turn all eyes on the garden tractor and mini rod pull. Visitors won’t want to miss threshing and sawmill demonstrations, tractor games, and Saturday’s finale, and the kids aren’t left out either as the event offers daily activities such as a pedal tractor pull, a money scramble, and arts and crafts workshops.

Each year features a brand and make of tractor, with 2022 the year of John Deere. Next year will highlight Minneapolis Moline.

According to Wengerd, one of the newest events, the tractor tour of Holmes County, has quickly become a favorite.

“Our first tour had about 30 tractors. We expect that to double this year,” Wengerd said. “To complete the 90-minute tour on schedule, tractors must be able to travel at 10 mph. This year’s tour will head south and east of Mt. Hope, some truly beautiful back roads to discover.”

Board member and treasurer Roy Miller said of the entertainment schedule, “Join us for live entertainment both Thursday and Friday evenings at 5 p.m.”

HCSEA regularly invites local bands to the events.

Miller continued to talk entertainment by adding one of the weekend’s most highly anticipated events. “Friday’s Steam Engine Spark Show at dusk is a must see,” he said. “It’s better than fireworks and never disappoints.”

The Holmes County Steam & Engine Association held its first summer show in 1993 at an Amish farm near Berlin. From an early membership of 80 members, the association has now grown to more than 400 members and received over 12,000 paid admissions at its most recent show.

The event will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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