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Nearly seven inches of rain did not stop generations of tractor and steam engine enthusiasts from attending Mason’s 53rd Annual Reunion of the Steam Engine and Threshers Club today.Antique Saw Mill

Concerned the flooded parking lot would scare away the visitors, tractor exhibitor William Diamond hoped there would be a good turnout this year.

Every year, starting the last Friday in July, the Club meets in Mason.  The first Club reunion was held in July 1958 at Charlton Park.  Since then, Mason has been home to The Club for 39 years, with the first show held July 1972.

This year’s reunion features an antique sawmill, threshing, steam engines and cranes, tractors, a flea market and lots of mud.

“Seeing old friends and old equipment,” is Jerry Salow’s favorite part of being an exhibitor in the show.  A 25-year attendant, Salow currently has two tractors on display.

Jerry Salow's Tractor

Many of the exhibitioners are retired, and have been coming to The Club’s reunions for many years.

“I’ve been coming for ten years,” explained retired Mason farm owner, Diamond.  A fourth generation farmer, Diamond currently resides in his childhood farmhouse, and rents out his land.

Once a dairy and hog farmer, the retired Salow also rents out his Stockbridge farmland.  Currently, there are 100 acres of wheat being grown there.

So, whether a seasoned Club veteran, or a new found lover of steam engines, bear the mud and come enjoy some family fun.

The reunion is located three miles south of Mason, off the Barnes Road Exit on Highway 127.  Entrance is $7 per person, while children 12 and under are free with an adult.

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