McLouth gearing up for threshing bee
The McLouth Threshing Bee Association has its engines revving and wheels turning for this weekend's 48th annual Threshing Bee festivities.
Threshing bee organizers say this year's event is shaping up to be bigger, better and more exciting than ever.
Though threshing bee festivities officially begin Friday morning, most vendors and participants started preparing for the event long ago. With the Thursday morning sunrise, the vendors start preparing their booths and activities.
"The threshing bee really goes non-stop from Thursday to Sunday night," said Darin Edmonds, Threshing Bee Association president.
During the day. a variety of activities will be taking place for people of all ages. Craft booths and flea markets, as well as antique cars, trucks and tractors are displayed throughout the grounds in McLouth.
The daily activities also include bailing straw, sawing logs and wood shingles and threshing wheat.
The annual parade runs on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. This year, the lawn mower race has been moved to 3:30 p.m. Saturday to allow for more night events.
For children, the U.S. Army brings out the rock-climbing wall and a special pedal pull runs on Saturday at 10 a.m. and a water war area will be set up so youngsters can cool off.
Nightly activities include a Friday and Saturday dance, with a live band. Friday evening's main event will be an antique tractor pull at 7 p.m., and the outlaw hotrod and mini rod pull will be taking place Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The most anticipated event is Sunday's night truck and tractor pull. This year the Threshing Bee Association invited the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association (OTTPA) to take part in the festivities.
Edmonds believes no one will be disappointed with this year's lineup of activities.
"The more people we can get out there to watch our activities, the bigger and bigger it gets every year," he said.