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Judah Wicks tries out a tractor at the Threshing Bee on Saturday.
The Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum hosted its annual Threshing Bee this weekend, attracting a full crowd for the festivities.
Both Saturday and Sunday’s events started at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. Throughout the day, there were a variety of demonstrations and activities such as seed cleaning, rope making, square dancing and a penny parade. Each afternoon there was an antique car, truck, and tractor parade, an antique threshing demonstration, and an antique tractor pull. The buildings in the village were also open for visitors to explore.
“I would say it’s a record crowd, certainly one of the best we’ve had for many years” said president of the museum Paul Johnson, noting that numbers won’t be confirmed until next week. With a full parking lot, campsite, and grandstand, the pioneer village was full of visitors of all ages.
Serving as the biggest fundraiser for the museum, the Threshing Bee has taken place every year since the volunteer-run museum opened in 1969. This was the 32nd Threshing Bee that Johnson has been a part of.
“Just about every dollar we get goes into maintenance,” he said. “Maintenance is our biggest problem because it’s ongoing.”
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