Michele Keith Houston, one of the many who volunteer each year at the “Steam Show,” looks back fondly on her time there celebrating the past.
“Over the past 75 years, there’s been a hidden treasure in our county. Luther Caldwell, Henry McMann, Roy Mitchell, Lawrence Porter and Jack Maple were a few of the men instrumental in what we now call the Steam Engine Show (some don’t like ‘show’ and prefer calling it a ‘reunion.’) These gentlemen and countless others determined to preserve a priceless piece of our history. Because of the legacy they left behind, we continue to build lasting friendships across the entire United States,” says Houston.
“For 20 years now, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of this amazing treasure. I coordinate a group of people who work the admission gates for the weekend. Year after year, along with everyone else, I look forward to visiting and catching up with friends like the Moorman family and their brood of shoeless boys from St. Maurice, the Stahl family, Schranks, Hubbells, Coons and the Lamberts from Batesville. There are also people who I know by seeing their face, their steam engine, their children, etc. I may not know their names, but we speak as if we’re fast and furious friends the minute they reach my gate. When they pull into the driveway on the property they immediately begin waving,” she says.
“I have a porch that I sit on/stand at all weekend. Endless visiting happens among friends and family. A cool drink and a sweet or two might be exchanged as well. Over the years I’ve come to expect a visit from Keith the tire guy and his dogs on their morning walk. More recently, we’ve introduced a young lady by the name of Nicole Root. She has an incredible talent for glassblowing,” Houston said.