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Threshing Bee participants try to keep farm history alive

September 17, 2011

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— Ron Johnson attended his first McLouth Threshing Bee in 1982.

Nearly 30 years later, the bee continues to maintain a link to agriculture’s past.

“We’re just trying to keep it alive,” said Johnson, of McLouth.

Friday morning, Johnson was helping fellow McLouth resident Thomas Bledsoe start his Ford tractor, which dates to the 1930s. The tractor’s features are a far cry from features in today’s tractors, such as air conditioning and automatic transmissions.

Nearby was Johnson’s corn sheller, another farm relic from the 1930s, and east of it on the grounds sat a steam engine powering the saw mill.

Attending the bee for the second year is Darrel Sommerfield, of Tecumseh. He offers covered wagon rides on the bee grounds for $1. Sommerfield had been part of the Flint Hills/Overland Wagon Trail, but earlier this year it disbanded because of lack of interest. Sommerfield, like Johnson, is glad to have events such as the Threshing Bee that continue to keep history alive. One of Sommerfield’s bigger events each year is Symphony in the Flint Hills, he said.

The 54th annual Threshing Bee kicked off Friday and will continue through Sunday. Daily events are steam threshing exhibitions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and an antique tractor and car show. The antique and classic tractor pull starts at noon today and the youth tractor pull at 5 p.m. Music by local band County Road 5 will start at 8 p.m. today.

On Sunday, the garden tractor pull starts at 1 p.m.

The McLouth Kiwanis Club is serving breakfast each day from 7 a.m.-10 a.m.

To enter the Threshing Bee grounds, turn south from Kansas Highway 16 near McLouth High School.

For more information, go to mclouththreshingbee.com.

Comments

someguy 3 years, 3 months ago

Does anyone have any idea what a threshing bee is?

Mike Ford 3 years, 3 months ago

a threshing bee is when a transplanted group of scotch/irish hillbillies get together and celebrate their homogenous culture and stare at outsiders. I've experienced it firsthand so I know...don't remove it.

been_there 3 years, 3 months ago

Went to a thrashing bee, in Mclouth I think, back in the very late 60's or early 70's. Won't forget that one. They had two skydivers jump out of a plane, one guy's chute didn't open.................his family was there to watch :(

Angela Heili 3 years, 3 months ago

You would think a good journalist would include the definition in the article.

From Wikepedia:

Threshing is the process of loosening the edible part of cereal grain (or other crop) from the scaly, inedible chaff that surrounds it. It is the step in grain preparation after harvesting and before winnowing, which separates the loosened chaff from the grain. Threshing does not remove the bran from the grain.

Threshing may be done by beating the grain using a flail on a threshing floor. Another traditional method of threshing is to make donkeys or oxen walk in circles on the grain on a hard surface. A modern version of this in some areas is to spread the grain on the surface of a country road so the grain may be threshed by the wheels of passing vehicles.

However, in developed areas it is now mostly done by machine, usually by a combine harvester, which harvests, threshes, and winnows the grain while it is still in the field.

The cereal may be stored in a threshing barn.

A Threshing Bee is a festival held in communities to commemorate this process. The event is often held over multiple days and includes flea markets, activity booths, hog wrestling and dances.

Randall Uhrich 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Parrysmom, Someone needed to provide some background information and inject an air of civility to these comments.

Deja Coffin 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh that's horrible. My husband's family used to go to the threshing bee every year, I'll have to ask them about that one. I'm sure, unfortunately that's not something you would forget.

Deja Coffin 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh that's horrible. My husband's family used to go to the threshing bee every year, I'll have to ask them about that one. I'm sure, unfortunately that's not something you would forget.

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