Nowthen Threshing Show a blast from the past

Well over 7,000 people came out to Nowthen Aug. 15-17 for the 44th annual Nowthen Threshing Show.

The show’s slogan of “Bringing the Past to the Present” was fitting.

Tractor owners brought antiques that still ran well enough to be in a parade down “Main Street” of the show’s grounds near the corner of Nowthen and Viking boulevards. Modern equipment was also on display.

There were times that visitors were transported back to the time period of early Minnesota settlers. You could walk into an old schoolhouse, try washing shirts on a scrub board or watch a blacksmith or loggers hard at work.

As you walked to another part of the Threshing Show, you could sit outside a 1920s Red Crown gas station or see collectable cars from many different decades.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

Tom Gale, of Brooklyn Park, Mike Manthe, of Andover, and Tom Wesenberg, of Brooklyn Park, find some shade outside a 1920s gas station set up at the Nowthen Threshing Show. Photos by Eric Hagen Maria King, a former Anoka-Hennepin teacher from 1972 to 2002, talks about what classes would have been like in this one-room schoolhouse. King is a former volunteer coordinator with the Anoka County Historical Society. Four-year-old Kate Kinghorn, of Anoka, sketches with chalk in an old one-room schoolhouse. Caleb Howman, 9, gets some help on walking with stilts from his grandfather Dave Nelson. Both live in Coon Rapids. Sarah Domogalla, of Ham Lake, pets a 5-year-old pony named Willow. Clair Marie, 2, was all dressed up as she escorted the pony from person to person. St. Louis Park Schneeberg siblings Owen, 3, Bria, 7, and Bailey, 5, try washing and drying clothes without the benefit of machinery. The 44th annual Nowthen Threshing Show Aug. 15-17 included many chances to see what daily life was like in the early Minnesota settler days. Every afternoon of the three-day Threshing Show brought a parade of old and new tractors. This Avery steam tractor engine is owned by Ted McNamara, of Dayton. Buffalo resident Leander Wetter owns this A.D. Baker steam tractor engine. A Waterloo Boy gas engine tractor was one of many tractors part of a parade Friday afternoon, Aug. 15. There was a parade each afternoon of the three-day Threshing Show, which celebrated its 44th anniversary.
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St. Louis Park Schneeberg siblings Owen, 3, Bria, 7, and Bailey, 5, try washing and drying clothes without the benefit of machinery. The 44th annual Nowthen Threshing Show Aug. 15-17 included many chances to see what daily life was like in the early Minnesota settler days.