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Threshing Days a taste of settlers’ lives

Staff writer

Old-timers like to say things were different in their day. Goessel’s three-day Country Threshing Days this week will provide a view of how things actually were different in bygone years.

Demonstrations of farm life over the last century will include not only threshing but also corn cutting, binding, and shelling along with sawmills.

Ventriloquist Greg Claassen, of Whitewater, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Goessel High School auditorium.

Assembly of a 1925 Ford Model TT pickup will be demonstrated Saturday afternoon.

Other demonstrations and meals are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Friday will include a 7:30 a.m. breakfast, 11:30 a.m. lunch, and 5 p.m. dinner at the Wheat Hall. All meals will be traditional Mennonite food. Gates to the demonstration grounds open at noon. Sawmill, pedal tractor, large engine startups, threshing, and field demonstrations are planned in the afternoon.

Saturday will include a 6:30 a.m. breakfast, 11 a.m. lunch, and 4:30 p.m. dinner at the Wheat Hall. Other events include a 9:30 a.m. parade on Main St., children’s activities, and demonstrations of draft horses, threshing, field operations, sawmill, and blacksmithing in the afternoon.

Sunday will include breakfast, worship service, Sunday dinner, children’s activities, demonstrations in the afternoon, and supper.

Admission is $5 at the gate or $4 in advance at Keith’s Food and the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum in Goessel. Children under 12 years old are admitted free.

For more information, call (620) 367-8342 or (620) 367-8200.

Last modified Aug. 3, 2017

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