2000 Ashern Mini Threshermen's Reunion at Ashern, Manitoba

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PO Box 98 Ashern, Manitoba, Canada ROC OEO

The 2000 show featured a threshing demonstration with a John Deere Goodison 28' separator driven with a W6 McCormick gas engine on Saturday, and a Lanz Bull Dog on Sunday, September 10, 2000.

There was also a display of water-cooled engines, some of which were an 8-horse Fairbanks tank-cooled Massey Harris, a small Fairbanks with a single flywheel, an International half-speed Domestic and others.

The Super Farmer contest was a popular event for spectators, as was the log sawing demonstrations with a homemade band saw.

The Manitoba Trappers Association were on the grounds with a fur display.

Also featured was the native 'Living Museum' where bannock was cooked up for the hungry crowd. Fried bread dough was also a popular feature. The cooks couldn't keep up with the demand for this delicious treat. Other food was sold on the grounds as well. A farmers market provided visitors a chance to purchase produce, baked goods and canning.

The children were entertained with a petting zoo, the kiddie train, a scarecrow making contest and an inflatable play area.

Murals depicting the history of the area were unveiled and skits were performed throughout the two day event.

A. S. Hern, for whom the town is named, made his appearance early on Saturday and conducted the narratives at each of the skit sites. A song was composed and dedicated to Mr. Hern by one of our local musicians.

There were demonstrations on everyday life in the various buildings on the grounds.

The crowd enjoyed musical entertainment throughout both days. Some hardy souls got up and danced on the grass to the toe tapping music of the performers. There was something for young and old alike.

The Threshermen's Reunion is an annual event held in September (8 and 9 are the 2001 dates) and is sponsored by the Ashem Museum Committee.

For information contact: June Price, Box 98, Ashern, Manitoba, ROC OEO Canada. Telephone 204-768-2394.