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Threshing event expands

Staff writer

Goessel’s annual Country Threshing Days will expand from two days to three this year.

Threshing Days offers an array of historic farming equipment, some of it operating during the exhibit. Admission costs $5 for ages 13 and older and $2.50 for ages 7 to 12.

Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum director Fern Bartel said the 49th annual Threshing Days would offer an opportunity to see new museum exhibits.

“We have a collection of angels that we’re having for this summertime,” Bartel said. “Another new thing we have is violins from Ferd Drazes, a Goessel barber, musician, and watch repairman.”

Originally donated to Hillsboro’s museums, the violins were given to the Goessel museum when Hillsboro sorted through artifacts to make more room.

The Hillsboro museum also donated a burr mill used to grind flour.


11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lunch at the Wheat Hall.

Noon — Gates officially open.

All afternoon — Sawmill demonstrations, pedal tractor raffle tickets on sale.

2 to 4 p.m. — Large engine start-up.

3 p.m. — Threshing demonstrations.

3:30 p.m. — Corn binding, shelling, cutting, and plowing demonstrations.

5 to 7 p.m. — Supper at Wheat Hall.

7:30 p.m. — Steel Skarecrow performance at Goessel High School auditorium. Admission by donations to the museum.


6:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Breakfast at Wheat Hall.

All day — Pedal tractor raffle tickets on sale.

9:30 a.m. — Parade on Main St.

10:30 a.m. until supplies run out — Food in 1906 Prep School. Menu will include barbeque beef sandwiches, bierocks, chips, monster cookies, New Year’s cookies, pop, water, and coffee.

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Children’s activities at Uncle Milt’s Shed.

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Low German meal at Goessel Elementary School. On the menu are verenika with ham gravy, bierocks, cherry moos, German country sausage, zwieback, cole slaw, and New Year’s cookies. Prices are per item.

11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. — Field demonstrations.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Lunch at Wheat Hall.

12:30 p.m. — Prairie tractor start-up.

All afternoon — Draft horse, sawmill, and blacksmith demonstrations.

2 p.m. — Pedal tractor pull.

2 and 4 p.m. — Large engines start-up.

4:30 to 7 p.m. — Supper at Wheat Hall.


7 to 9 a.m. — Breakfast at Wheat Hall.

9:30 a.m. — Worship service at Wheat Hall.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Sunday dinner at Wheat Hall.

12:30 p.m. — Prairie tractor and large engines start-up.

1 p.m. — Blacksmith and sawmill demonstration.

1:30 p.m. — Threshing demonstrations.

2 p.m. — Field demonstrations and pedal tractor raffle drawing.

Last modified Aug. 3, 2022