Whether you actually remember when wheat was harvested by hand, bundled and tossed into a steam-powered threshing machine or you’re a curious young person who’d like to see how it used to be done, the Stump Lake Village Threshing Bee is right up your alley.
Whether you actually remember when wheat was harvested by hand, bundled and tossed into a steam-powered threshing machine or you’re a curious young person who’d like to see how it used to be done, the Stump Lake Village Threshing Bee is right up your alley. Make plans to attend the threshing bee held this year on Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3. For the full experience attend both days, but if that’s not possible, choose the one best for you and your family. Periodically, throughout both days of the bee there will be grain threshing, old time saw mill and blacksmithing demonstrations.
Sunday’s schedule: 7 a.m. Thresherman’s Breakfast will be served until 1 p.m. This is a meal for hard working men and women on the threshing crew - it consists of pancakes with maple or choke cherry syrup, hashbrowned potatoes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. 8 a.m. Church service will be held in the Stump Lake Village Church 10 a.m. the Dakota Keys Accordians perform on the Wamduska Stage in the Main Street Museum, PiKadilly Face Painting located in the Main Street Museum Library, Vintage photography is set up in the Saloon inside Main Street Hall and the huge indoor craft show begins in the commercial building. At 12 p.m. (Noon) enjoy the classic country music of the DunnVille Entertainers on the Wambuska Stage. At 2 p.m. (weather permitting) crowds line the actual main street of the village for the parade which features John Deere tractors this year. (Each year a different make of tractor is featured) Following the parade, there is fresh-made lefse hot off the grill - with butter and maybe sugar, too if you prefer, for sale in the dining hall. Dakota Keys Accordians perform at 3 p.m. on Wamduska Stage. and there will be a Slow Tractor Race followed by the Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull at 3:30 p.m. For the children, also, most of the day, there is a bounce house and a little yellow barrel train that snakes throughout the Village Square, just right for the youngsters to ride in and don’t forget the matched mule wagon rides and other fun things to do for “kids” of all ages.
Monday’s schedule: 7 a.m. Thresherman’s Breakfast served until 1 p.m. 10 a.m. Dakota Blende entertains (Fiddle/violin and piano); PiKadily Face Painting in Library; Vintage Photography by Brenda in the Saloon and the huge indoor craft show is open until 5 p.m. At 12 p.m. Fallcreek Acapella group performs on the Wamduska Stage. 2 p.m. there’s a parade through the village. 3 p.m. The Senger Band performs (That’s Rick Senger and friends) on keyboards, drums and guitar on the Wamduska Stage. At that same time there’s the Stump Lake Tractor Club Tractor Pull (weigh-in is from 10 a.m. until Noon) and at 3:30 p.m. there’s the Kid’s Money Scramble to close out the weekend.
There will be food vendors on the grounds of the village, as well, including two or three food trucks serving their specialties, Sons of Norway serving rommegrot, home made juneberry pie a-la-mode sold by the slice and other vendors in the commercial building providing hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, home-made doughnuts, packages of lefse, baked goods and much, much more! No one will leave the Stump Lake Threshing Bee hungry. The stands in the commercial building sell numerous hand-crafted items. Don’t forget the Stump Lake Village Gift Shop inside the Main Street Hall, too.