Stump Lake preparing for 15th Annual Threshing Bee

Louise Oleson, Editor
Both Sunday and Monday of the Stump Lake Annual Threshing Bee there will be a parade at 2 p.m. through the historic Stump Lake Village. This 1928 John Deere was in last year’s parade.

For two days over Labor Day Weekend the historic Stump Lake Village will come alive for the 15th Annual Threshing Bee.

Sunday, Sept. 5 and Monday Sept. 6 are two full days of activities at the village located at the entrance of Stump Lake Park 10 miles south of Lakota on ND Highway No. 1.

Hosted by the Nelson County Historical Society the event helps visitors step back in time to a day when horses drew hay wagons and plows and sawmills and threshing machines were run by steam.

Events scheduled for both days will include a thresherman’s breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., a craft show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a parade at 2 p.m.

There will be grain threshing demonstrations, free white mule team rides, lefse making, rope making, quilting and spinning.

A steam-powered sawmill and authentic blacksmith will give demonstrations throughout the two days and tours of the village itself are available both days, as well.

There will be a village gift shop and several food vendors serving tasty treats all day long, too.

Sunday only events include a church service at 8 a.m.

The Dixie Cups will perform at 10 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. there will be an antique quilt show. Lucky Lenny the Clown performs his Magic show at 12:30 and 3 p.m. Johnny Buttens and Friends perform also at 3 p.m. and the kid’s pedal tractor pull takes place at 3:30 p.m., too. (2:30 p.m. registration)

Monday only events will feature the Thresher’s 5K (2-mile) fun run or walk at 9 a.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.)

Cathy Erickson’s Band performs at 10 a.m.

At 12:30 p.m. will be the Old Style Fashion Show.

The River Band will perform at 3 p.m. and the slow tractor race will be at 3 p.m., too, and so will the kids’ Money Scramble.

Admission for adults is $8, kids 6-12 years old pay $3 and those under 6 are free. Admission is good for both days and does not include food or beverages.

For more information go to and click on Stump Lake Village.