Return to the days of yesteryear at 59th annual Steam-O-Rama

John Deere products this year’s featured theme
The Ozarks Steam Engine Association will hold its 59th annual Steam-O-Rama in Republic from Thursday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 19. The show, returning after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID, will feature a number of attractions highlighting farming technology from the late 19th and early 20th century, including steam engines, demonstrations of cane pressing, lumber sawing and threshing, tractor pulls and more.
John Deere featured
Dana Erickson, president of OSEA, said there will be a new feature at this year’s show.
“We’re featuring John Deere this year,” he said. “That’s a little different. There are several John Deere implements and tractors. That’s pretty popular with most people, so that should be a popular attraction.”
With John Deere being featured in this year’s show, Erickson said he expects a good turnout for the Antique Tractor Pull on Saturday, Sept. 18.
“For the Saturday night antique tractor pulling,” he said, “we’ll have a good showing for that with John Deere being the feature. We should have several.”
Erickson also said the steam engines are also very popular with the Steam-O-Rama crowd, as well.
“We should have a couple of different steam engines there,” he said. “One thing for sure is, we are going to have an 80-horse case, which should be the biggest engine on the park.”
Good turnout expected
Thousands are expected to attend Steam-O-Rama this year. Erickson said he believes the show’s popularity stems from the way it connects many people to their heritage.
“From my standpoint, it’s getting back to our roots, our heritage, where we come from, (and) how far farming has advanced over the years,” he said.
“And how much work our grandparents and great-grandparents put into just sustaining the country, just feeding ourselves. It kind of showcases that.”
Steam-O-Rama will again be held at the event showgrounds located at 7175 West Farm Road 170; the show will begin at 9 a.m. each morning, Thursday through Saturday, with a flag raising and invocation. On Sunday, a non-denominational church service will take place at 8:15 a.m. in the gas engine building. For those wishing to stay overnight, campgrounds and showers are available. For more information, go online to or visit the OSEA’s Facebook page.


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