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1999 Nowthen Threshing Show

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By Staff

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.

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