47th annual Nowthen Threshing Show draws large crowds

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

The 47th annual Nowthen Threshing Show brought visitors back in time 200 years with various demonstrations Aug. 18-20.

Raylon Kirchoffner, 5, left, and Carter Kirchoffner, 7, climb aboard a McCormick Farmall that belonged to their great-grandfather. Photos by Olivia Alveshere
Raylon Kirchoffner, 5, left, and Carter Kirchoffner, 7, climb aboard a McCormick Farmall that belonged to their great-grandfather. Photos by Olivia Alveshere

Susan Bisila and Jesi Goetze showed families what life was like in the 1800s as they cooked corn chowder over a wood stove and helped children do laundry with a washboard.

Goetze has participated in the Threshing Show since she was a child, and now she takes her daughter to the festival annually.

“It’s kind of a family tradition,” she said.

Many demonstrations, including blacksmithing, grain threshing, oxen plowing and more enticed families. A tractor pull attracted large crowds Friday and Saturday.

A daily highlight of the Threshing Show, put on by the Nowthen Historical Power Association, is the Parade of Power where hundreds of machines, many tractors, drive down the grounds’ Main Street.

The 2017 show featured Caterpillar machines and Ingeco Engines.

A pancake breakfast opened the show each morning, and many food options were available throughout the day from various vendors.

The main pavilion played host to live music, square dancing and more.

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Four-year-old Cole Patnode rides a pony at the Nowthen Threshing Show Aug. 20. Aiden Cielocha, 10, and Ava Eggert, 4, pet a pony during the Nowthen Threshing Show. Susan Bisila, left, and Jesi Goetze share a laugh as they demonstrate what life was like at home in the 1800s. Angie Westman helps Hailey Kerr, 8, make a necklace. Lana Sheforgen, left, and Amme Sheforgen beat the heat at the Nowthen Threshing Show with chocolate peanut butter ice cream cones. Crowds gather for sawmill demonstrations at the Nowthen Threshing Show. Dozens square dance together at the Nowthen Threshing Show Aug. 20. Ladies reach for handmade tissue box covers at the Nowthen Threshing Show. Jake Carpenter sends his 5-year-old son Wyatt, right, and 4-year-old son Calvin off to ride in the Nowthen Threshing Show’s daily Parade of Power Aug. 20. Caterpillar machines are featured in the 2017 Nowthen Threshing Show. Tractors line up for the daily Parade of Power at the Nowthen Threshing Show.
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Jake Carpenter sends his 5-year-old son Wyatt, right, and 4-year-old son Calvin off to ride in the Nowthen Threshing Show’s daily Parade of Power Aug. 20.