Sec., The Major County Historical Society. P.O. Box 555, Fairview, Oklahoma 73737
The 1993 three-day 8th annual Old Time Threshing Bee at The Major County Historical Society in Fairview, Oklahoma, was a big success. The show features threshing, baling, 12-bottom plowing, milling, corn shelling, and the newest feature, a sawmill, all run by turn of the century steam engines, as well as antique gas engines, antique cars, antique tractor pull, and food, food, food! An added attraction was celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Cherokee Strip Run of 1893the great race for land that opened up part of northwest Oklahoma for settlement.
For the third year, all the 6th grade students across the state were invited as guests of The Major County Historical Society to experience life as it was for their great-great grandparents in the new state of Oklahoma. Over 1,300 students, teachers, and sponsors converged on the historical society grounds Friday, September 24. They viewed demonstrations of threshing, baling, 12-bottom plowing, and prony brake. The demonstrations were narrated by Amos Rixman of Nashville, Illinois, helping the students to truly understand what they were seeing, both mechanically and historically. There were gunny sack races, turtle races, buttons on a string to make, a pioneer storyteller, a cowboy poet, a pioneer camp, traveling salesman, a wagon train encampment, buggy and stagecoach rides, a parade of equipment, and, a special highlight, reenactment of the Land Run in which students participated, policed by the 4th Cavalry K Company from El Reno, Oklahoma.
The Threshing Bee has become a very popular event with the students as well as the teachers. 'This was one of the best field trips we have ever taken. Our children do not know much about farming and I feel that this aspect of history is very important 'Tyrone Public School, Tyrone, Oklahoma.
The Major County Historical Society is preserving the past through the preservation of antique farm machinery and by teaching our youngsters, as well as people of all ages, through living history demonstrations, what life was like in rural Oklahoma in the early 1900s.
The 1994 9th annual Old Time Threshing Bee will be September 23, 24, and 25. For more information write or call: The Major County Historical Society, P.O. Box 555, Fairview, Oklahoma 73737, (405) 227-2265.