Viola to host 4th annual threshers reunion Sept 11 - 12

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Here Ethan Erhart of New Windsor brings in his 5 3/4-inch blue gill for measuring, not big enough or small enough for a prize, but fun to catch anyways. Catch the fourth annual Viola Threshers Reunion Sept. 11 - 12. Saturday at 10 a.m. is when the kid's fishing takes place.

Bluegrass music, blacksmithing, antique tractors and a kid's fishing derby are just a few things happening in the southwest corner of Viola on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12.

The Viola Threshers Reunion is holding its fourth annual celebration, complete with a tractor and collectible tractor parade held both days at around 1 p.m.

Demonstrations on the grounds include threshing, wood sawing and sorghum making.

This year's engine of the year is brought to the event by Fred and Deb Hansen of Peoria -- a live steam locomotive. This will be something the kids will get a kick out of riding.

There will be a lot of other entertaining things for the kids this year, including the kid's fishing derby at Keith Bloomfield's pond, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Kids of all ages will love riding on the 7 1/2-inch gauge railroad. There is also a barrel train, kids' corn scramble and pedal tractor pull planned.

Live bluegrass music will fill the air on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then at 3 p.m. Saved by Grace will perform some of their gospel music. On Sunday morning at 9 a.m. the group will provide music for an outdoor church service.

"There will be food on the grounds all weekend," says organizer Kim Graham. This is truly a free event, with free gate and no exhibitor fees.

There is also free primative camping available for the daring.

Camping and visitor parking is two blocks west of US Hwy. 67 on 21st Avenue. Walk-in, exhibitor and handicapped gate is two blocks west of US 67 on 19th Avenue.