Mclouth — When Herman "Slim" Watson and his wife, Myrta, invited steam engine and threshing machine enthusiasts to their farm for a show in 1957, they surely had no idea the annual festival would someday attract more than 20,000 visitors.
That's how many guests are expected to descend on the small town of McLouth, located 15 miles north of Lawrence on Kansas Highway 92, for the 34th annual Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee Friday through Sunday.
Attractions will include a flea market and arts and crafts booths, as well as demonstrations of blacksmithing, rock crushing, straw baling and wheat threshing. Evenings will feature local and nationally recognized country music groups, and a country music jam session on the mini stage.
A parade will be held at 1:30 p.m. daily, and the McLouth Kiwanis will serve "old time threshers meals" for lunch and dinner all three days.
Friday, "Tuffy Williams and K.C. Opry Show" will take the stage from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with performances by Tuffy and Karen Williams, Sammi Smith, Marvin Rainwater and Narvel Felts.
A patio dance to the music of "Arnie Johnson and the Midnight Special" will follow until 1:30 a.m.
Saturday's events will get under way at 10 a.m. with the children's pedal power tractor pull and other attractions for youngsters, including a petting farm of exotic animals and birds, a moonwalk and a train ride.
The antique tractor pull will start at 3:30 p.m., and the "Honey Creek Band" will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
A church service will kick off the festival Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The Heart of America Country-Western Dancers will perform at 2:30 p.m., followed by the mini hot rod pull at 4 p.m. and the draft horse pull at 8 p.m.
Passenger wagons will make trips from the parking lot to the showgrounds, and camping is available without electrical hookups.