Threshing bee & antique show Sept. 7-8 in Braddock, N.D.

Farm Forum

There will be something for everyone at the 39th annual South Central Threshing Association, Inc. Threshing Bee & Antique Show at Braddock, N.D., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8.

“We have changes and improvements every year, so we encourage everyone to come to Braddock for the fun, history and overall good time,” Association President David Baumgartner said.

Charter members Pius Hager, Sr. and Alex Moch will be honored.

This will be the second year for a major addition to the show, an old-fashioned blacksmith shop.

There will be antique tractors, parades, threshing machines, a flea market and craft show, games for kids, good food and many other activities.

For those wishing a preview, all of the machines will be warmed up at 1 p.m. Friday.

Saturday starts with a 7:30-9:30 a.m. breakfast on the threshing grounds. At 11 a.m. there will be a Tractor Trek, which starts at the Kintyre Park and is sponsored by Titan Machinery of Kintyre.

The day’s events begin at 1 p.m. with an antique parade, which features a variety of antique tractors, including steamers and other farm equipment as well as some cars and trucks.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. there will be entertainment by eight-year-old twins, Sophie and Emma Ketterling, of Napoleon.

On both days, starting at 2:30 p.m., there will be demonstrations of threshing, rock crushing, a saw mill, shingle mill, corn shredder, hand tie baler, silo filler, wood planer and other antique machinery. An impressive assortment of stationary engines will also be on display. The Braddock News pioneer print shop will be operating throughout the weekend. Two antique printing presses have been added to the shop this year, including an 1891 Walter Scott & Co. Pony Press formerly used at the Bottineau Courant and donated by Norman and Twilla Glinz of Bottineau and a Heidelberg Windmill from the McLean County Journal in Turtle Lake and donated by Mike and Jill Gackle of Garrison.

At 5:30 p.m. a ham and baked potato supper, sponsored by the Braddock Lions Club, will be served in the Braddock Community Hall (downtown).

Entertainment at 8:30 p.m. will be provided by Classic Country guitarist Jon Mill.

Sunday events start with a 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. breakfast on the grounds and a kuchen and soup dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Hall.

The antique parade begins at 1 p.m. There will be entertainment at 2 p.m., and a worship service will be held in the pioneer church on the grounds at 3 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be a Cowboy Performance Shoot Out.

Free ice cream will be served at 4:30 p.m.

A flea market and craft show will be held on the grounds both days, and the 1890s Miss Kitty’s saloon will be open to serve beverages. A chuck wagon will be serving food both days.

Throughout the weekend, the buildings of the pioneer village will be open for those wanting to take a step back into history.

An 8N Ford Tractor will be raffled. Tickets are $10 each.

Camping space is available on the grounds for $10 per day (primitive) or $20 per day with an electrical hook-up (first come, first served).

Admission, which is good for both days, is $8. Children under 12 are admitted free.