“The group of people I coordinate handles the task of the admission gate. This ultimately benefits the Rush County Community Foundation. I spend approximately 15 to 16 hours per day at the show. I work the gate between the campgrounds and the rest of the property. I have other people who take turns working 4 to 6 hour shifts at two other gates on the south end and at the main walk-in gate from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. It takes almost 300 man hours to staff the weekend requirements. Pioneer Engineers write a check to the RCCF for our work for the weekend. A large portion of it goes to the Michael Keith Memorial Scholarship Fund - he was my brother - and the remainder is shared between funds such as the RCCF administrative funds, the Kyle Henderson Fund, and the Alex Workman Fund. All of these benefit local individuals seeking assistance with education,” Houston said.
The steam engine reunion and show are also a family affair.
“Beth Douglass-Silcox recently authored a children’s’ book titled Little Rumely Man. She’s the granddaughter of Jack Maple, one of the original founders. This is a perfect example of how we try to continue this great experience for generations to come,” Houston said.
One of the newest features of the property includes benches for a few minutes of relaxation and rest. These benches have been personalized with the names of individuals who have been pivotal to the club and are thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated.
You will also see wheat threshing of the crop on the grounds, rock crushing, tractor pulls, kiddy tractor pulls, plowing demonstrations, parades, and canon firings for opening ceremonies each day. Opening ceremonies are at 9 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday with their church service prior.
At the noon hour all whistles will blow and is an on-going tradition. Games and activities are scheduled for children young and old Friday and Saturday. Full details are available at www.pioneerengineers.