Nowthen brings past to present at annual threshing show

Farmalls, John Deere and International Harvester dotted the landscape during the 43rd annual Nowthen Threshing Show the weekend of Aug. 16, 17, and 18.

Rob Brown (left) and Stan Littlefield work on door handles in the blacksmith building. Photos by Bill Jones
Rob Brown (left) and Stan Littlefield work on door handles in the blacksmith building. Photos by Bill Jones

Presented by the Nowthen Historical Power Association, the show harvested fun for all ages.

In addition to the nearly 600 tractors on display, family fun was sown when pancake breakfast was served, live music performed, tractors pulled, square dancing enjoyed and parades of power rumbled down the street.

Attendance this year was estimated to be 11-12,000.

“We had awesome attendance – you couldn’t have asked for three better days,” said Jodi Hicks, one of the organizers of the show, presented by Nowthen Historical Power Association.

New this year, the Nowthen Threshing Show featured International Harvester, which brought in groups from northern Minnesota and North Dakota, according to Hicks.

Also new, the Anoka County Historical Society set up the depiction of an old time school day inside the restored historical school.

“Kids would ask questions and it was played out like it would have been back in the old days. It was very popular – kids and parents seemed to really enjoy that,” Hicks said.

Next year’s Nowthen Threshing Show is already in the works as organizers have reserved the weekend of Aug. 15, 2014 to “bring the past to the present” once again.

Those attending the Nowthen Threshing Show could climb aboard a model train for a quick ride. Engineer Daniel Wyman looks after a 1924 24-horsepower Minneapolis steamer tractor. A Worthington Steam Engine from an NSP power plant in action in the steam house. It started as an antique American LaFrance fire engine from the North St. Paul Fire Department. Now it was a mystery to those attending the car show. John Toth demonstrates how a 1940’s silo filler works. A line of Farmall tractors waiting for their turn on the Parade of Power. The Blue Drifters play for the crowd in the Harris Smith Café. Rob Brown (left) and Stan Littlefield work on door handles in the blacksmith building. After some minor repairs the sawmill is back in action. A 1948 Chevy Fleetline Aero Sedan in the car show. The Parade of Power begins down Main Street. The Parade of Power begins down Main Street.
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It started as an antique American LaFrance fire engine from the North St. Paul Fire Department. Now it was a mystery to those attending the car show.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]