She and other volunteers will be participating in The Pioneer Engineers Club 65th Annual Reunion which kicks off Thursday and lasts through Sunday, Aug. 1 to 4. The reunion and show will be held at Caldwell Pioneer Acres, 3707 S 200 W, Rushville. The grounds are located 3 miles south of Rushville, Just off SR3. Follow the signs. Admission is just $10 for all four days or $5 for one day admission; children under 12 enter free.
Daily activities include: Parade, Working Line-Shaft Machine Shop, Entertainment, Sawmilling, Field events, Threshing, Corn shelling, Calliope, Horsepower test, Baling, Broom making and much more! A concert featuring the group Walker County will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Church Services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.
Recent additions such as the covered bridge, the tool shop, and the blacksmith mean that there’s something for everyone. The saw mill is always a busy hub of activity as well. To see this equipment still fully-functioning is quite an educational experience. It’s literally a working and active museum.
Saturday features a block race. To watch large machines competing for bragging rights brings tons of entertainment. Later on Saturday evening it’s also likely that a spark show will emerge. There aren’t words to describe this. Old-fashioned fireworks at their finest.
“A few years ago,” adds Houston, “ we actually had a chartered bus from Wisconsin come to Rushville specifically for the reunion. They stayed at the Comfort Inn all weekend. It was a group of 55 senior citizens who generated a significant amount of revenue for our community all because of interest in our hidden treasure. Yet there are people in Rush County who have never visited us.”
Another element that is often not realized is how the Pioneer Engineers help other community causes. The K of C spends the weekend providing a variety of food options. A local sorority is currently handling the responsibility of parking vehicles. It’s not always an easy task to get this many people in such a place.