Old-fashioned threshing bee this weekend

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Pleasant Prairie Farm/Foster Timmons Farms will host the 19th annual Old-Fashioned Threshing Bee this Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28.

At the bee, volunteers and steam engine enthusiasts will harvest oats as the job was done until the 1940s. The volunteers will pitch oat bundles into the threshing machine by hand. The thresher separates the grain from the straw and chaff, and then augers the grain into a wagon.

Threshing will be done Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm. Steam plowing will be demonstrated Saturday at 4 pm.

The Four County Tractor Club will hold an antique tractor and truck show on the grounds, with members taking their tractors for a ride Sunday at 7 am.

There will also be a free barbecue with music Saturday at 6 pm. All are welcome.

Pleasant Prairie Farm is located at 1176 M Ave northwest of Jefferson. From the intersection of Highways 4 and 30, travel one mile west to M Ave and then 1-1/4 mile north.

Sponsors of this year’s event include the Greene County Historical Society, Shadran Industrial and Sanitary Supply, Peoples Bank, Home State Bank, John’s Appliance and TV, Doc’s Stadium Bar and Grill, Unger Insurance LTD, Kent Minnihan, Jefferson Ace Hardware, NAPA Auto Parts, Bomgaars, Muir Embroidery and Sports, Landus Cooperative, Motor Parts, Pioneer Seed Corn, The Printer’s Box, Bett and Bev’s Barbecue, Diamond Oil, Fouch Ag Service, Wells Fargo, Durbin Automotive, Jefferson Telecom, Krieger’s Greenhouses, Addie’s, Wahl-McAtee Tire and Service Center and Hamilton Redi-Mix.

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