Stump Lake Village to host 17th Annual Threshing Bee

Louise Oleson Journal Managing Editor
Last year’s Stump Lake Tractor Club featured Farmall tractors. This year Oliver tractors will be featured.

There’s a cool tang to the air each morning, now. As the days get shorter the leaves on the trees are starting to turn colors, ever so slightly. Fall is in the air.

School has begun throughout the region and it is nearly time  for the 17th Annual Stump Lake Village Threshing Bee.

This year is will take place on Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3 - Labor Day Weekend - and once again it will be hosted by the Nelson County Historical Society.

The Threshing Bee is the largest and most anticipated event for members of the historical society as well as residents from the entire region.  

The event draws thousands of people to see how harvest was done in days gone by.  Plus, there is a wide variety of entertainment and activities for the entire family.

Both days

Events occuring both Sunday and Monday include a hearty Thresherman’s Breakfast consisting of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, juice and coffee served from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. both days.  

There is also a parade both days, and this year the parade will feature “Oliver” tractors as well as old engines, other tractors and vintage autos each afternoon at 2 p.m.  

Parade entries are welcome and preregistration is not required. On-going events both days include a  craft show, grain threshing,  lefse making, rope making and much, much more.

There will be demonstrations of a steam driven sawmill, small engines and blacksmithing.

The two-day event will feature live music, a clown, a magician, food vendors and tours of the historical village.

Sunday only

Sunday only events include an all-faith’s service at 8 a.m. in the beautiful village church.  

Other Sunday only events include: “Radio Stars” at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.  

The “Dixie Cups” at 12:30 p.m., Lucky Lenny the Clown at 12:30 p.m.

The Slow Tractor Race at 3:00 p.m. and the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

Monday only

Monday events will feature the “The Radio Stars” again at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; “The High Plains Trio” at 12 p.m.;  a Magic Show at 12:30 p.m. and “Vintage Fashion Show” at 1 p.m.

The Stump Lake Tractor Club will be having a “Tractor Pull” at 3 p.m. with weigh-in from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.  

Contact Kim Swenson for further information at 247-2546.

The ever popular “Kids Money Scramble” will take place at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Machinery Building where the children really do scramble as they search for quarters in the hay.

All the buildings at the Stump Lake Village have been decorated and restored to near original condition and are filled with artifacts and exhibits.  

The “Old Main Street USA” building has been completed and houses many exhibits which include a general store, post office, library, veterans room, bank, attorney’s office, millinery shop, beauty/barber shop, saloon, jail, telephone office, dentist office, church, harness and toy exhibits, stage for entertainment, kitchen and gift shop.  

The Nelson County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the past for future generations.  

Stump Lake Village is located at the entrance of Stump Lake Park, 10 miles south of Lakota or 10 miles north of Pekin on North Dakota State Highway Number 1.  

Visit the website at and click on Stump Lake Village for more information.