World of Steam to take center stage at upcoming Nowthen Threshing Show

Seeds of the present are rooted in the past during the 44th annual Nowthen Threshing Show.

The Parade of Power promenades down Main Street each day of the three-day-long Nowthen Threshing Show.
The Parade of Power promenades down Main Street each day of the three-day-long Nowthen Threshing Show.File photo by Bill Jones

The event – featuring the World of Steam and spotlighting more than 15 steam engines and more steam powered equipment – takes place Aug. 15, 16 and 17 at 7415 Old Viking Blvd., Nowthen (15 minutes northwest of Anoka).

Admission cost for adults is $10 daily; $20 for the weekend. Tickets are available at the gate. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

With more than 400 tractors on display, two tractor pull competitions, three Parades of Power, a children’s barnyard and one-room schoolhouse, a general store and print shop, flea market and live music, a chain saw artist, and antique cars and trucks all weekend long, the Nowthen Threshing Show provides “great family entertainment.”

“We’ve got wholesome activities all weekend, something everybody can enjoy,” said Threshing Show board member Sharon Wilhelm.

“This lets people go back to farm life and see how their grandparents or great-grandparents lived and worked,” she said. “We’ll be cooking over the campfire, churning butter, using the ringer washer … It’s really a history lesson for kids and maybe brings back memories of farm life for grandparents and great-grandparents.”

Each day of the three-day Nowthen Threshing Show carries its own theme; Friday is Bib Overalls Day, Saturday is Favorite Logo Shirt Day and Sunday is Favorite Hat Day.

Pancake breakfast is served 7-10 a.m. each day followed by live music Friday and Saturday. A non-denominational church service will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday and a lively musical performance entertains crowds 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. From noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, folks can twirl their partner during the square dance.

Always popular during the weekend-long Threshing Show, the Parade of Power takes to Main Street at 2 p.m. each day of the Threshing Show.

The Tractor Pull is sure to draw a crowd each time it’s presented: 6 p.m. Aug. 15 and 5 p.m. Aug. 16. And a Kiddie Pedal Pull tops of the final day’s events at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

And of course, all weekend long attractions, activities and demonstrations educate and entertain crowds roaming the acreage.

New on the Nowthen Threshing Show acreage this year is a wooden windmill with eye-catching red and white blades turning overhead.

After years of scalding heat and bone-chilling cold deteriorated the old wooden windmill, it was determined that a new one should be erected in its place.

“The old one was taken down and a new one reassembled, the blades on the head painted … and it looks great,” Wilhelm said, reporting that, in order to preserve the new windmill as long as possible, the head will be detached and taken indoors every evening.

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