With advancements in agricultural technology and assembly-line production in the 1920s and ‘30s, membership in the Brotherhood fell. Farmers could now afford to buy their very own threshing rig, which now, for the most part, consisted of a tractor and a pull-type combine. This type of harvesting equipment was much less costly and easier to maintain than the traditional steam engine and thresher. And so the old tradition of the threshing ring fell to the wayside.
In Rush County each year, people from far and near come back to remember and be a part of the The Pioneer Engineers Club Annual Reunion.
The Pioneer Engineers Club 65th Annual Reunion Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 1 to 4 Caldwell Pioneer Acres, 3707 S 200 W, Rushville Located 3 miles south of Rushville, Just off SR3. Follow the signs. $10 for all four days or $5 for one day admission; children under 12 enter free. Daily Activities: Parade, Working Line-Shaft Machine Shop, Entertainment, Sawmilling, Field events, Threshing, Corn shelling, Calliope, Horsepower test, Baling, Broom making and much more! Concert featuring the group Walker County at 8 p.m. Saturday. Featuring Russell Engines and John Deere Equipment. Expecting 25+ Large Steam Engines, 300+ Tractors, Large Variety of Gas Engines, 100+ Flea Market vendors, and plenty of good food available! Church Services 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. Camping info: B.J. Bischoff at 513.266.2128 MiniAdvance38@yahoo.com Reunion info: www.pioneerengineers