The Northeast Missouri Old Threshers are back at the Shelby County Fairgrounds this weekend. Click here to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson speak with event coordinator Jenna Begley.
These Threshers are trying to keep the old days alive. “We’re an organization that supports some of the old farming ways,” said Begley, “This is our 27th annual event. We’ve gotten bigger and bigger every year, added more every year, and it just keeps growing and getting better.”
You can even get a taste of food from the past at this event. “We have two great food stands,”Begley said. “With pork burgers, hamburgers, you know all the good stuff. Then we also have an old time kitchen that is a free will donation. They cook old-time meals like what you would’ve had back in the early 1900’s or late 1800’s.”
Goers of the event are sure to have a great time and possibly learn a few things they may not have known. “There will be a lot going on,” said Begley, “We kick off-on Thursday, September 11th with our fish fry and the Queen Contest and that day is free. Then we will have free tours for the local schools and nursing homes. Also, there will be continuous demonstrations like plowing, threshing, and sawmills. We’ve got free rides for the kids including a rocking boat ride that’s powered by a tractor, a steam powered merry-go-round, a Ferris wheel, and a train that goes around a barrel train that goes around all of the fairgrounds. There’s also a steam locomotive train and a concert, and admission for the whole weekend of the 12th-14th, is only $10.”