Nowthen Threshing Show gets under way next week

by Kelly Johnson
ECM Sun Publishers

Old-fashioned fun is on tap when the Nowthen Threshing Show opens its annual three-day run, Aug. 17 through 19.

This year’s featured tractor is Ford and Fordson tractors and cars. Fuller Johnson gas engines are the featured engine for 2012.

Laundry being done the old-fashioned way. Submitted photos

These items will lead the daily Parade of Power that rumbles down the threshing show grounds Main Street.

Although there is a featured tractor and engine each year, all types of tractors, engines and implements are welcome on the threshing show grounds.

A tractor pull takes place Friday and Saturday night on the threshing show grounds. The competition features both antique and classic tractors. Admission to the tractor pulls is included with gate admission.

Old engines on display at the Nowthen Threshing Show.

The Nowthen Threshing Show is hosted by the Nowthen Historical Power Association, which evolved from the Anoka Engine Club and the Rogers Pioneer Power Association.

In existence for over 40 years, the Nowthen Threshing Show attracts thousands of visitors every year thanks to the unique exhibits, demonstrations and the variety of food and entertainment.

According to the website, the “Nowthen Threshing Show gathers hundreds of rare and historic antique tractors, small engines, steam engines, trucks, cars, implements and tools in one place for a fun-packed three day event geared towards ‘Bringing the Past to the Present’ for people of all ages.”

The Nowthen Threshing Show grounds is located at 7415 Old Viking Blvd. in Nowthen.

A blacksmith at work at the threshing show.

Daily admission is $8 for adults and $16 for a family. Three-day passes are $14 for individuals and $28 for a family. Group rates for 12 or more are available in advance only through an application. For more information, call 952-253-5774.

Family admission is two adults and all their children in the same household under age 18. Children 12 and under are admitted free. All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout their visit.

Parking is free of charge. Tickets are sold at the gate on the day of the show. Cash only is accepted at the gate.

For more information, visit www.nowthenthreshing.com.

Nowthen Threshing Show schedule of events

Friday, Aug. 17

7 to 10 a.m. pancake breakfast in pavilion

––Reach in and see what you find, as did children participating in this activity at the Nowthen Threshing Show.

9 a.m. Fairbanks engine first start-up (operates hourly)

9 a.m. sawmill opens (operates throughout day)

9 a.m. train rides begin at train depot (free)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. music in pavilion

11 a.m. threshing

11 a.m. rock crushing

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. crafts, games and face painting in the log building

11:30 a.m. corn chopping

2 p.m. Parade of Power

3 p.m. threshing

3 p.m. rock crushing

3:30 p.m. corn chopping

4 p.m. threshing

4 p.m. rock crushing

5 p.m. Fairbanks engine last start up for the day

5 p.m. sawmill closes for the day

5 to 9 p.m. music in pavilion

6 p.m. tractor pull

8 p.m. train rides end for the day

Saturday, Aug. 18

7 to 10 a.m. pancake breakfast in pavilion

9 a.m. Fairbanks engine first start-up (operates hourly)

9 a.m. sawmill opens (operates throughout day)

9 a.m. train rides begin at train depot (free)

10 a.m. consignment auction starts

10 a.m. to noon, music in pavilion

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. crafts, games and face painting in the log building

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Twin City Model A Ford Club cars at gas station

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. oxen plowing

11 a.m. threshing

11 a.m. rock crushing

11:30 a.m. corn chopping

Noon to 2 p.m. music in pavilion

2 p.m. Parade of Power

3 p.m. threshing

3 p.m. rock crushing

3:30 p.m. corn chopping

4 p.m. threshing

4 p.m. rock crushing

5 p.m. Fairbanks engine last start-up for the day

5 p.m. sawmill closes for the day

5 p.m. tractor pull

5 to 9 p.m. music in the pavilion

8 p.m. train rides end for the day

Sunday, Aug. 19

7 to 10 a.m. pancake breakfast in pavilion

9 a.m. worship service in pavilion

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. oxen plowing

11 a.m., Fairbanks engine first start-up (operates hourly)

11 a.m. sawmill opens (operates throughout day)

11 a.m. train rides begin at train depot (free)

11 a.m. threshing

11 a.m. rock crushing

11:30 a.m. corn chopping

Noon to 2 p.m. crafts, games and face painting

Noon to 2 p.m. square dancing in the pavilion

2 p.m. Parade of Power

3 p.m. threshing

3 p.m. rock crushing

3:30 p.m. kiddie pedal pull

3:30 p.m. corn chopping

4 p.m. Fairbanks engine last start-up for the day

4 p.m. sawmill closes for the day

4 p.m. train rides end for the day


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