The Old Thresher Festival will be held near Shelbina this weekend. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Historian Bert Smith:

Bert Smith

The event starts of Thursday night with a tractor ride. “Registration starts at 8:30 and they’ll depart the grounds at 9:00. And then that night from 5:00 to 7:00 is our fish fry,” said Smith, “We also have our queen contest at 6:30 that night. And the Shelby County Saddle Club will be having their team sorting at 7:00.”

It is free to get into the grounds on Thursday night. A ten dollar button will purchase admission for all other days.

Saturday is the big night. Country artist David Lee Murphy will perform at 8:00. His opening act is Blake Totten, a Shelbina local. The admission button includes concert attendance.

A full list of events is available at

This festival has been held for 26 years. “Our goal is to save part of the equipment from the history and that way of life. We have old antique equipment that we keep running,” said Smith, “We have trains, we have steam engines, tractors, apple presses. We have a museum that shows and old-time kitchen and parlor and bedroom. Then we also have inherited one of the old churches in town, and we have it on our land. And we have a one-room schoolhouse. And we just try to show people -we do free tours for the schools and nursing homes – the way that life was like back in the olden days. And try to preserve that history.”