Old Threshers Days is back this weekend – Yuma Pioneer
The Old Threshers Days are back in 2021!
It will be the 40th show, even if technically not the “annual” 40th show, as the Old Threshers Days 2020 did not take place thanks to COVID-19.
It’s back this year, however, with three days of Old Threshers activities from September 10th to 12th at the Old Threshers Grounds and the adjacent Yuma County Fairgrounds. While almost everything will be outdoors, hand sanitizer and masks will be available throughout the property.
New this year are the shepherd dog tests on Saturday, September 11th, at 9 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. in the arena on the exhibition grounds.
Wheat threshing is demonstrated twice a day on all three days. A six-man power plant operates an IHC bombardment every day. It is punched, plowed, ground, peeled and planted with horses.
Watch the blacksmith in the blacksmith’s shop. The sawmill demonstrations of 1894 take place twice a day. The Garden Tractor Pull takes place on Friday evening. Live entertainment and old time music provide entertainment on Saturday nights. Live music will be played at different times and locations on all three days. Saturday night is Antique Tractor Pull.
See exhibits including the world’s largest collection of barbed wire tools and an extensive quilting display. Many other interesting exhibits are shown at the Old Threshers and Yuma County Fairgrounds.
Several teams from Draft Horses & Spans of Mules will provide live demonstrations for excitement. Six teams will power the Case Dingee – Woodbury Sweep Horse Power Unit, which powers an ancient corn husk. Teams demonstrate old farm machinery, including plowing with Champion reversible disc plows. An old horse baler is demonstrated twice a day.
On Sunday morning you can watch some of the best pulling teams compete for prize money in a very impressive Draft Horse Pulling Contest. These teams pull over twice their own weight, and some weigh over a ton per horse.
Double Tree Antique Tractor Pull takes place on Saturday afternoon, plus a pull under the lights on Saturday evening. The pull on Sunday afternoon is the grand finale of the show. See these drivers and antique tractors compete for the longest pull or largest percentage of the tractor’s pull weight.
The State Final Tret Tractor Pull takes place on Sunday morning. Check out the youngsters taking part in a national pull trip.
The Parade of Power takes place on Saturday at noon. If it runs, drives or moves, it will be yesterday’s great power delivery. Each vehicle travels down Main Street in Old Town and the announcer identifies each owner and vehicle type in the parade.
A fun feature on the Old Threshers Grounds is the old town along Old Main Street. The old town buildings are filled with original furniture, tools, equipment, and collections. Buildings include a church, school, bank, dairy, land office, barber shop, blacksmith shop, veterans museum, old school house and print shop, and much more. Each building is filled with authentic items from the past.
On Sunday mornings there are rope demonstrations, children’s entertainment, Bob Chrismers wood carvings and church services. Shuttle trips are offered to transport visitors across the extensive grounds.
The show is free for everyone, so check out the Old Threshers Show September 10-12, the first since 2019.