The Threshing Bee is Coming Again

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Saturday September 9th 2017

The date for the Threshing Bee is set - Saturday September 9th, 2017. More information will follow but watch for updates here.

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Big fun for the whole family. A great chance for us to show off our antique farm equipment and some of the pioneer crafts like rope making and quilting.

Planting the Wheat

You can't have a threshing bee unless you have a crop to harvest. This year we are planting wheat on the 2.7 acre area just over the creek. In preparation for planting EcoAg donated 20 tons of their compost. Dave King was kind enough to lend us his manure spreader and help us get that spread on the ground.

May 4th we planted the wheat using our hoe drill. If you care to take a look you'll see the wheat is already up and looks like it benefited from that inch and a half of rain we had the other week.

Planning and Recruiting Volunteers

The video shows just how many people come out to the threshing bee and gives you a sense of how many people we need to put on a good show.

We probably have close to a hundred volunteers working with us.

  • The threshing crew would number at least a dozen people. These ones needs to be used to working around machinery.
  • Several teamsters with a team of horses are needed to bring the sheaves to the thresher.
  • The cook shack could use half a dozen people to keep the hordes fed and watered.
  • A blacksmith is ready to come and demonstrate his art this year. He has already collected the coal he needs to feed his fire.
  • A bunch of local farmers and ranchers lend their antique equipment for displays on the day.
  • A rope maker will set up a rope making demonstration.
  • As always here in High River there will be music...
  • And we need people to manage the crowds in the parking lot and on the grounds.

Call the park at 403 652 1128 if you want to be involved with the bee.

The Harvest

.So, we've got the wheat planted. We have made plans and started to recruit people for the day of the bee. But we also need to start the harvest.

At least two weeks ahead of the threshing bee the wheat will be swathed and bound into sheaves. Those sheaves are then collected and stooked. This gives them a chance to cure and dry down.

The day of the threshing bee teams of horse with their wagons will pick up the sheaves and bring them to the threshing crew. It's a great day. See you there.

Check out our History of Harvesting for how harvesting grain has changed over time.

Check out our Threshing Machine page to learn the details of how a bunch of grease monkeys got our girl ready for her big day.