Meade Co. Threshing Bee and Fair to join forces
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 Road. In 2012, the Threshing Bee had a great addition by welcoming the Meade County Fair to our show, which brings new ideas for each organization.
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 2013, someone seeing a John Deere 4020 or antique square baler will comment on that being just like the one grandpa had.
The Black Hills Steam and Gas Threshing Bee and The Meade County Fair will be Aug.16-18, 2013, at the club grounds east of Sturgis, S.D., 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. where 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 o’clock, the Sturgis FFA Chapter will serve supper. Following the supper, at 6:45, will be the tractor rodeo, featuring events such as the barrel push and a blind fold race, all with tractors. 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 actually begins their activities on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 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 to 12 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. A watermelon eating contest will offer extra fun at 3 p.m., followed by 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 daily. Please contact William at 1-605-490-2024 for more information, or go to our website at http://www.wdantiqueclub.com.
–Western Dakota Antique Club
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