Sunday, September 13, 2009

Threshing Days

Threshing: separating the grain from the chaff.

It's harvesting time in North Dakota and Drake has celebrated "Threshing Days" for 41 years.

They have a parade and lots of old fashioned activities.

The parade consists of neat old tractors and threshing machines.

In front of me at the parade where these adorable little boys. I couldn't help snapping a few pictures of them.

"Listening to National Anthem"

You could watch a blacksmith forging iron

Listen to a band play country music

Watch the threshing machine work

Shop at the flea market

I visited with some of the old timers and listened to great stories. I heard how they used to ride to school in a horse drawn wagon with a little stove inside. It was quite a ride when the driver would send the horses into a gallop. The little wagon would tip from one side to the other.


Mary said...

I love the threshing machines. One of the best books I read was written about a threshing crew and their adventures from farm to farm. It was amazing!

Paula said...

Sounds like a fun day. Glad you got to go! That little blonde boy in the picture makes me miss my Noah.

What are they threshing? Wheat?

lisa said...

We miss going to those! We used to go to one back home in Illinois every year! We love them!

Twisted Fencepost said...

I'll bet that was fun AND interesting.
Wish they did something like that around here.