1999 Nowthen Threshing Show

Tractors Exhibition

Approximately 300 tractors exhibit for attendee enjoyment.

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P.O. Box 43 Rogers, Minnesota 55374

The 29th annual Nowthen Threshing Show , sponsored by the Now-then Historical Power Association, was held August 20, 21, and 22, 1999 at Nowthen, Minnesota. Our 1999 show featured the Fordson and the Briggs & Stratton engine.

The club announced another great year, with attendance reaching over 4,000. Club members along with additional exhibitors hosted an experience for all attending. Wherever you went on the 54-acre show grounds, you experienced something replicating the decades of 1890-1930.

The annual show hosts many scheduled events as well as many continually running demonstrations. Scheduled events included a daily parade of power at 2:00 p.m. Friday evening's attraction was an antique tractor pull with 84 hooks, antique and classic classes with eleven various weight classes.

Each morning a pancake breakfast was available to help us start the day. Sunday morning church services provided worship, music and fellowship. On Sunday afternoon, the kids enjoyed a Kiddie Tractor Pull with 95 entries. There was also live music and square dancing.

Continually running demonstrations included farming demonstrations of old time threshing, plowing with oxen from the Oliver H. Kelley Farm of the Minnesota Historical Society, corn shelling, and grinding feed.

The sawmill, shingle mill and lathe mill ran, providing demonstrations as well as producing materials for many of our building projects.

The Craft Building featured quilting, weaving, pottery and spinning exhibits. Our Blacksmith Shop was staffed by the Metal Smith's Guild who demonstrated working with metals and tools using century-old skills and equipment.

Numerous pieces of farm equipment were displayed including gas engines, steam engines, tractors and small farm equipment.

Our small town also consists of the Prairie Peddler newspaper, general store, log house, barn and church which were staffed and functional for visitors to view.

Antique cars and trucks were on display, including two fire trucks donated by St. Michael and Oak Grove Fire Departments.

Our Century Flyer train ran continually to allow visitors to ride. Worthington stationary steamer and the diesel Fairbanks generator ran also.

The flea market was enjoyed by shoppers. Food and beverages included Old Tyme Kettle Korn, pork chops, hamburgers, malts, pop and mini-do-nuts.

We want to thank everyone who visited and all those who helped put on our 29th annual Nowthen Threshing Show; it was a great success!

We also want to invite all of you to our 30th annual show, August 18, 19, and 20, 2000, featuring the John Deere tractor and the Church. For further information, contact Mary Jo DeSota, 612-780-2536, or Jody Hicks, 612-441-7345.