Center for Heritage Renewal - Old-Time Threshing Shows

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Old-Time Threshing Shows on the Northern Plains

This guide to old-time threshing shows in North Dakota is presented for public information by the Center for Heritage Renewal, North Dakota State University. These outstanding living history events enliven the prairie scene with the dust and smoke of a past generation. Take one in this year!

DatesShowLocationContactNotesAlbums
11-12 June 2011 Dale & Martha Hawk Foundation Museum Antique Farm Show 4 mi E of Wolford on Hwy 17 & 3 mi N on Hwy 30; or 23 mi S of Rolla on Hwy 30; or 19 mi W of Cando on Hwy 17 & 3 mi N on Hwy 30; or 10 mi N of Rugby on Hwy 3 to 17, then 19 mi E 3 mi N on Hwy 30 Lowell Johnson, 701-583-2381 or 2532, dmhawk@gondtc.com 22nd annual show. See website for full schedule. Albums TBA
25-26 June 2011 Lansford Threshermen & Historical Association S side of Lansford Roger Sauer, 701-362-7483, rasauer@srt.com Last full weekend in June annually. Threshing demos, tractor trek, kiddie pedal pull, toy show, parade, tours of museum displays, stationary engines, blacksmith demos, 1920s miniature replica of city of Lansford, antique buildings. Food available onsite. Sunday parade with children's games following parade. Albums TBA
15-17 July 2011 Divide County Historical Society Pioneer Village, W of Crosby on Hwy 5 Donna Haslett-Nelson, 701-965-5500, artndonna@gmail.com Third full weekend in July annually. Pioneer Village Museum, demonstrations, plowing with horses, parades 1pm Sat and Sun, dance Fri night, tractorcade, raffle, talent show Sat night, children's activities, Sun church service, food, limited camping. Albums TBA
28 Aug 2011 Northeast North Dakota Pioneer Machinery Association S edge of ParkRiver Teri Dahl, 701-284-6241, theresadahl@yahoo.com36th annual show. Log cabin, depot, blacksmith shop, pioneer machinery, threshing show, fry bread & food concessions, breakfast 7:30 am to 1pm in WC Extension Bldg, flea market, free corn feed after show if corn is available, parade 1pm, raffle drawing 4pm, free potato picking. Albums TBA
4-5 Sept 2011 Nelson County Historical Society Threshing Bee Pioneer Village at Stump Lake Park, 10 mi. South of Lakota or 10 mi north of Pekin on Hwy 1 Lynn Stahl, 701-247-2374 or 4599 Thur or Sun or 4474 café during summer, lfstahl@polarcomm.com Labor Day Sunday and Monday annually. Daily thresherman's breakfast 7am - 1pm, parade 2pm, craft show, demos, grain threshing, tours of village, village gift shop, food vendors, mule rides, music; Sun only 8am church service, antique quilt show, magic show, kids' pedal pull; Mon only thresher's 5k & 2mi fun run/walk, Old fashion show, slow tractor race, kids' money scramble. Albums TBA
11 September 2011 Pembina County Historical Society Pioneer Machinery Show Cavalier ND Zelda Hartje or Ron Baker at Pemina County Museum, 701-265-4941 18th annual show Albums TBA
10-11 Sept 2011 Yesterday's FarmersYesterday's Farmers Grounds W edge of Bowman Ken Woodley, 701-523-3217 or 3749 Parade Sat 10am Main Str and Sun 1pm threshing grounds, Extension fall produce contest and display, antique tractor auction. Albums TBA
9-11 Sept 2011 South Central Threshing Association N of Braddock 1/2 mile on county rd 701-782-4358 Weekend after Labor Day annually. Extensive grounds with new feature this year - blacksmith shop. Kuchen & soup dinner - check out the full schedule on this poster. Albums TBA
10-11 Sept 2011 Drake Threshing Association 1/2 mi W of Drake on Hwy 52 Warren Zakopyko or Dennis Schott, 701-626-7337 First full weekend following Labor Day annually. Threshing with steam engine, tractor pull with tractors older than 1959 and pickup pull all years, pedal tractor pull, parade at noon on Sat and Sun, threshermen's breakfast at the depot 7-10 am Sat and Sun. John Deere the feature brand in 2011. Albums TBA
10-11 Sept 2011 Sodbuster Days Fort Ransom State Park, 5981 Walt Hjelle Parkway John Kwapinski, 701-973-4331, frsp@nd.gov Second weekend of July and first full weekend after Labor Day annually. Pioneer activities: flintknapping, looming, carding, weaving, Scherenchnitte (paper cutting design), silversmith, blacksmith shop, tatting, spinning, pottery wheel demonstrations (July), antique vehicles and equipment display, wheelwright demonstrations, gas engine demonstrations, threshing machine bundle feeder, pedal-powered woodworking, horse-powered corn binder, horse-drawn potato picker, watermelon seedspitting contest, pie auction. Food: rommegrot, homemade ice cream, cornmeal muffins, sauerkraut; old-fashioned country dinner Sat. Folk music, bluegrass, waltzes, music jam session. Sunne Demonstration Farm: antique machinery exhibit building, Sodbuster Building, barn, chuck wagon. See the poster here. Albums TBA
16-18 Sept 2011Central North Dakota Steam Threshers Reunion Fairgrounds SW of New Rockford Joan Heckman, 701-947-2206, joanheck23@hotmail.com, also on Facebook Third full weekend Sept annually. Avery engines featured in 2011. Great slate of activities, demonstrations, food, music - get the full schedule from this poster. Albums TBA
17-18 Sept 2011Fullerton Threshing Show E side of Fullerton, adjacent to park Jerry Kelsh, 701-375-7521 or 7181, jkelsh@drtel.net 33rd annual show. Threshing, sawmill, shingle making, blacksmith shop, parade daily, working old-time kitchen, flea market, threshermen's breakfast, lunch on grounds, beef and pork BBQ on Sat and entertainment; lots of small displays and horse-drawn rides. Albums TBA
1-2 Oct 2011 Makoti Threshing Show Threshing grounds S side of Makoti Mike at 701-240-4449 or 726-5729 51st anniversay show. Threshing, plowing with 10-bottom plow, sawmill, slow race of steam traction engines, mucker (road making machine), giant pumpkin and pedal tractor contests, cook cars selling food on the grounds, bingo on Sun, Dutch oven cookoff, Sat ladies' historical presentation, chili cookoff, childrens' activities, giant flea market in new heated location both days. Admission $10 both days, children under 18 free. Sat night live music and supper, Sunday pancake breakfast, church services. Albums TBA

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