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Bowman County Courthouse
104 1st St NW
Bowman, ND 58623

Learn how farming used to be at annual Threshing Bee

September 04, 2015

 

Yesterday’s Farmers member Lynn Brackel, far left, rides with Elsie Allerdings, 4, of Bowman while Melvin Siverson, far right, drives Eamon Allerdings, 3, around as they bind wheat in preparation for the upcoming Threshing Bee. (Courtesy photo)
Yesterday’s Farmers member Lynn Brackel, far left, rides with Elsie Allerdings, 4, of Bowman while Melvin Siverson, far right, drives Eamon Allerdings, 3, around as they bind wheat in preparation for the upcoming Threshing Bee. (Courtesy photo)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Members of Yesterday’s Farmers of Bowman County have been eagerly preparing this week for their upcoming 33rd Annual Threshing Bee.

Shawn Allerdings, a Yesterday’s Farmers member, used the opportunity to give his children a history lesson on how farming used to be done decades ago. That, he said, is the mission of Yesterday’s Farmers.

His children, Elsie, 4, and Eamon, 3, had a great time this week riding along on the old tractors formerly used in the crop fields as hay was bound prior to the event.

The Threshing Bee is one of the group’s annual events that showcases how it once was in the agriculture industry; Allerdings said the farming techniques and equipment of days past have become somewhat forgotten.

The Threshing Bee has been a staple of the agriculture community in Bowman County since it began in 1981, and traditionally attracts a large crowd from the tri-state area, he said.

Antique engines, tractors and appropriate antique farming equipment will be on display during the Bee, scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13 at the Yesterday’s Farmers grounds on the west side of Bowman.

Nick Werth of Rhame will have his model steam engine on display during the weekend and up for operation.

There will also be a flea market and swap meet and a fall harvest produce show, sponsored by the Bowman County Fair Association and NDSU Extension Service.

Each year Yesterday’s Farmers hosts a raffle contest, offering a grand prize of either a tractor or $1,000. Tickets are widely sold throughout the community. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 14.

The event culminates in a large parade of tractors and other farming equipment down Main Street at 10 a.m. Sept. 12. You can also view the equipment lineup the following day, beginning at 1 p.m.

“I love it,” Allerdings said of being a member. With a nominal $10 annual membership fee, it’s easy for anyone interested to join. They’re always looking for members.

To become a member of Yesterday’s Farmers, contact Melvin Siverson, president, or members Ken Woodley or Lynn Brackel.

Admission for the Threshing Bee is $5 and free for children under 10 years old.

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