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Archive for Monday, July 30, 1990

MCLOUTH THRESHING BEE OPENS FRIDAY

July 30, 1990

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— The 33rd annual McLouth Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee will start its three-day run Friday and continue through the weekend.

The celebration, which dates back to 1957, will offer a variety of activities including displays of antique farm equipment and machinery, a flea market, airplane rides, demonstrations, food, music and dancing. The show also will include rock-crushing demonstrations, a blacksmith shop, straw baling, an old-time sawmill, antique and mini hot rod tractor pulls and a draft horse pull.

The demonstrations and attractions will be offered all three days of the threshing bee.

The main attraction of the annual festival is a large collection of old steam engines that date to the early 1900s. The steam engine performances typically attract viewers from miles around.

The celebration will be full of music on Friday. The country-western band Dave and Sugar will perform at 8 p.m. and will be followed by the Country Showman Band, which will provide the music for the annual patio dance from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

A pedal power tractor pull for children will get the day under way at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

An antique tractor pull will begin at 3:30 p.m. and is open to all tractors that date back to 1938 and earlier.

The antique pull will be divided into two classes. A pull also will be held for tractors that were made between the years 1939 and 1950. Tractor pull entrants must be weighed in by 2:30 p.m.

A dance under the stars will round out Saturday's events from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Church services will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and will be followed by a country dancing exhibition by the Honky Tonk Outlaws at 2 p.m. A mini hot rod tractor pull will follow at 4 p.m.

A draft horse pull will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday and is the final event on this year's threshing bee schedule.

All events will be held on the threshing bee grounds, located on the north side of McLouth.

In the past, the event has attracted more than 20,000 people during its three days, organizers say.

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