Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

Threshing bee is set for September 14-15

There is an old saying “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it!”  Well, that’s not to be said of the Pierce Old Time Threshers Bee.  Here they remember the past and want to repeat it — but only for the weekend of Sep. 14 and 15 at the 37th annual threshing bee.

The days of horse-drawn buggies, oats being threshed and antique tractors galore will be recalled on Saturday and Sunday, Sep. 14 and 15, at the Pierce County Fairgrounds starting at 8 a.m.  The weekend activities actually get an early start on Friday, Sep. 13, at 1 p.m. with a tractor drive. This year’s drive will go to Dinkel Implement at Norfolk. The round trip is about 30 miles and those participating will be home before dark.

We always encourage people to bring their children since the bee features hands-on activities geared for children such as digging potatoes, picking Indian corn by hand, making cornhusk dolls and shelling corn with a hand sheller, organizers said. In addition to the hands-on activities, there will be inflatables, barrel train rides and Rodger the pony.

The parade of power takes place in front of the grandstand at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Saturday’s parade starts a little later to accommodate an antique auction that begins at 9 a.m.

The oats threshing is still the main attraction at the show. The oats was bundled weeks ago and kept until the bee. There is enough for demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday. People of all ages will be allowed to pitch the bundles into the thresher.

Admission to the fairgrounds is free.