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The Darke County Steam Thresher's Club History

In the summer of 1956 The Miami Valley Steam Threshers (an organization founded in the early 1950's) decided to hold their show on the Lease farm in Greenville, Ohio. The Lease farm was located on Wagner Ave. where the Wendy's restaurant is now. This was the first steam show in Darke county and the first of four homes of The Darke County Steam Threshers.

The next year, 1957, The Miami Valley Steam Threshers moved to a new location, but a faction of that club stayed in the Greenville area and The Darke County Steam Threshers was born. It was decided that a larger area was needed for the show so The Harve Estey Woods on State Route 571 was adopted as their new home. Later this location was renamed The Lloyd Seman Woods. The Darke County Steam Threshers made this their home for the next 10 years. Many forms of steam powered equipment were displayed. Exhibitions were also performed. These exhibitions included threshing, plowing, & sawmill operations. Challenges of hill climbing and balancing on a teeter totter were done to prove the skill of a machine operator.

As The Darke County Steam Threshers Reunion grew to include now aging internal combustion powered equipment such as stationary engines and tractors the show outgrew the Lloyd Seman Woods and the decision was made to move once again. The new location was to be The Darke County Fair Grounds. The show remained their until 1998.

The activities of the club were somewhat limited at the fairgrounds so the search for a new location began. The York Woods was decided upon and the 1999 show was held there. The Darke County Steam Threshers took this opportunity to expand once again Now we are able to host more events than ever before. Guests are now able to see many of their old favorites in addition to many new attractions.