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46th Annual Threshing Bee starts Aug. 15

For the past 45 years, the Western Dakota Antique Club has put on the Black Hills Steam and Gas Threshing Bee east of Sturgis, S.D. Founded by local farmers and ranchers in 1969, the first few shows were held at the Alkali Community Hall. Now the show is held every third weekend in August at the permanent location one-half mile east of the Sturgis Airport on Alkali Rd. In 2012, the Threshing Bee had a great addition by welcoming the Meade County Fair to our show.

The Western Dakota Antique Club was founded on a mission of preserving the heritage of past agricultural practices. This is a mission that changes with each passing year. In 1969, steam engines and horse teams were common things for people to remember from their youth. In 2014, someone seeing a John Deere 4020 or antique square baler will comment on that being just like the one grandpa had. With these changing times, combining with the Meade County Fair will bring new ideas for each organization.

The 46th Annual Black Hills Steam and Gas Threshing Bee and The Meade County Fair will be held August 15-17, 2014, at the club grounds east of Sturgis, SD, on Alkali Road. Gates open at 7 a.m. all three days. Some of the demonstrations at the Threshing Bee include rock crushing, sawmilling, plowing, and of course, threshing. There also is a parade held daily at 1 p.m. Here you will see the large steam engines, prairie tractors, crawlers, gas tractors, lawn mowers, antique vehicles, and a variety of other equipment all running and driving around our club grounds. Friday evening at 6 we will have a supper put on by the Sturgis FFA Chapter. At 6:30, we will have our tractor rodeo. This is where the skill comes out in events such as the barrel push and a blind fold race, all with tractors. New to the show this year will be a performance by the Bear Butte Bluegrass band at 6:30 on Saturday evening. After the parade on Saturday and before the parade on Sunday, there will also be an antique tractor pull held where tractors of all sizes compete against each other. Sunday events begin with a church service at 9 a.m. with slow and dead tractor races at 10:30.

The Meade County Fair activities begin Tuesday, Aug. 12, with the livestock show and judging at the Fair barn next to the Sturgis High School. The Fair events start off Friday morning at the Threshing Bee with exhibit registration and judging from 8:15 a.m. to noon. The exhibits will be on display and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday and then all day Saturday and Sunday. The 4-H will have some old fashioned fair fun Friday with a watermelon eating contest at 3 and the frog jumping and turtle races at 3:30. Members of the Meade County 4-H will also be selling corn on the cob steamed by one of the working steam engines daily.

The gates open at 7 a.m. daily. Please contact William at 1-605-490-2024 for more information, or go to our website at http://www.wdantiqueclub.com.

– Black Hills Steam and Gas Threshing Bee