The McLouth Threshing Bee is on the move — at least on the calendar.
Organizers delayed the 54th annual bee for a month to avoid conflicts with county fairs and in hopes of staging the event during cooler weather.
“Last year, half of us ended up with heat exhaustion,” said Angie Cammack, threshing bee treasurer.
This year’s bee takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The event kicks off Friday with steam-threshing demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day, and the saw mill will run throughout each day of the threshing bee. The McLouth Kiwanis Club will serve breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day, and visitors can check out a flea market all three days.
New this year is an antique and classic tractor pull, scheduled at noon Saturday instead of on Friday. Admission is $5 for all three days, with youths 10 and younger and exhibitors admitted for free. Coolers are admitted for $5 each; no glass bottles are allowed.
Here are other highlights:
• Antique and Classic Tractor Ride, the third annual benefit ride for the Jefferson County Historical Society. For more information, contact Charlie Luse at (913) 774-2759.
• The band Ninety 2 Nothin’ performs, 8 p.m. for a patio dance.
• Annual Parade of Power, 11 a.m. on the track.
• Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull, 5 p.m.
• County Road 5 performs, 8 p.m. for a trackside concert and dance.
• Garden Tractor Pull, 1 p.m. on the track.
• People’s Choice Tractor Contest winners also presented at that time.