Threshers reunion still entertaining


PERRYSBURG – The black smoke could be seen from miles away as the annual tradition of looking back at
old-style farming continued Sunday. This year’s venue for the the 49th edition of the Five Point Steam
Threshers Reunion was the corner of Five Point and Lime City roads.
The event drew hundreds for the various demonstrations and dozens of old farm equipment including many
classic coal-fired steam engines.
Clarann Boczan of Rossford was a reluctant visitor when she first heard of the event, now she is a
regular. She has attended the event at least 25 times.
"I like mixing with the people as well as all the smells and sounds," Boczan said.
Many of the steam engines were made in the early 1900s including a 1902 Aultman-Taylor engine which was
on display; a 1915 Frick which was being driven around the recently harvested wheat field; and a 1916
J.I. Case which was powering a sawmill demonstration.
One of the engines was a 1913 30-horsepower Russell which was recently restored by its owner, Zach
Johnson of Perrysburg.
The event was popular with all ages. Dale Wright, formerly of Bowling Green who now calls Florida home,
spends summers in Wood County and makes the reunion part of his summer agenda.
"I grew up on a farm so I recognize most of the old machinery," Wright noted.
Abram Reyes, 13, of Bowling Green, was a first-time visitor and really enjoyed all the steam engines
calling the whole scene, "cool."
There was also a display of numerous antique tractors, including some John Deere tractors dating back to
the 1920s and ’30s.
There were also some classic and antique cars on display as well as smaller engines which were set up to
demonstrate an early washing machine as well as shelling corn.
Photo: Brad Schwamberger tosses shocks of wheat on the threshing machine at the Five Point Stream
Threshers reunion Sunday. (Andrew Weber/Sentinel-Tribune)
Below photo – Charles Gillig of Kansas Ohio during the Five Point Steam Threshers. (Photo: Andrew

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