20th annual Pleasant Prairie Old-Fashioned Threshing Bee
July 27 - July 28
Nick Foster, a member of the board of directors of the Greene County Historical Society, his wife Annette, their family and friends will host their 20th “Pleasant Prairie Old-Fashioned Threshing Bee” on their farm just northwest of Jefferson on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28.
“This is a historic farm re-enactment,” Nick Foster recently explained. “We teach the way things were done. It’s one way to keep the rural culture and history alive.”
There will be threshing demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, using gas & steam-powered equipment. There will be a steam plowing demonstration at 4 p.m. on Saturday. “We will be using some equipment that was actually used to first break the prairie,” Nick said.
There is a free barbecue Saturday at 6 p.m. for Threshing Bee attendees. There is also an antique tractor ride on Sunday morning, starting at 7 a.m. from the farm generally north to the “University 40” rural park area, where there will be a breakfast offered by a local Lions Club.
The Greene County Historical Society is among 26 local sponsors of the event.