Pioneer Engineers Club reunion show nears

What is now known locally as the Pioneer Engineers Steam Engine Show and Reunion originated in 1948 by area farmers interested in steam engines.

During the inaugural year through 1953, the event was held during the annual running of the Rush County Fair, before moving to Porter’s sawmill on the Rush County farm of Lawrence Porter for two years (1954 – 1956). As a result of growth and interest, the event moved to the Rush County Conservation Club east of Rushville on SR 44 in 1957 where it remained until 2007.

The reunion show is now held annually the first weekend of August at Caldwell Pioneer Acres. The show grounds are easily accessible from Rushville: SR 3 south to CR 325S, east to CR 200W and then south a short distance.

The 2019 instalment of the reunion will be held Aug, 1, 2, 3 and 4 with entry $10 for a 4-day pass or $5 for a single-day pass.

Daily activities will include entertainment, a working sawmill, field events, a blacksmith ship, a calliope and the daily parade.

A large flea market will again be a part of the show and a number of local clubs and organizations will have booths set up. The Knights of Columbus kitchen will be open and provide meals during the event, along with a number of other vendors.

The public is invited to attend the working museum.

Contact: or (765) 932 – 2222 x106.

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