Stump Lake is the place to be for Labor Day

Louise Oleson, Editor
Hundreds of volunteers make the two-day threshing bee a success. Dawne Massey, from Pekin was one of those volunteers. One of her jobs was to keep the coffee pots going at all times on Sunday.

The place to be in the Lake Region over Labor Day is Stump Lake for the annual Threshing Bee. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, flocked to the historic Stump Lake Village on Sunday for day one of the two-day event.

It didn’t matter that the weather brought cooler-than-normal temperatures and cloudy skies, the attendance appeared to surpass recent years.

The village’s huge machine building was filled nearly to capacity with vendors selling everything from hand-knit and crocheted items, home-made lefse, wooden toys, solar yard ornaments to jewelry and Pampered Chef.

The celebration of harvesting like it was done in days-gone-by at Stump Lake Village continues today, Monday, Sept. 6.

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.