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Threshing Bee draws crowd at Roberts Village Park

The St. Croix Valley Collectors Association held its 26th annual Barn Dance and Threshing Bee in the Roberts Village Park on Aug. 20-21. Exhibits such as antique gasoline engines and threshing equipment were displayed. Among the events was a classic tractor parade.1 / 2
Art and Marilyn Feyereisen were crowned king and queen of the parade.2 / 2

It was in a new location, but the 26th annual Barn Dance and Threshing Bee still drew a crowd.

The St. Croix Valley Collectors Association has been hosting the event for 25 years on a private farm in Troy Township, but recent family matters caused them to seek a new location for 2011.

They approached the Village of Roberts that agreed to let them use the Village Park for their event, and the Roberts Lions helped with tents and refreshments.

"Don Greenfield did so much with helping us get this thing organized," said Tom Lubich, president of the St. Croix Valley Collectors Association. Greenfield is a member of both the SCVCA and the Roberts Lions.

"Overall, the Village Park had everything we needed to put on this event," he continued. "We had wonderful help from Roberts Lions, and the women who handled the potluck loved the kitchen because it was so handy."

The two-day event started with a barn dance on Friday, Aug. 20, at the Village Park, with music provided by Trigger Happy.

Saturday, Aug. 21, began with threshing and exhibits starting at 10 a.m. A potluck lunch began at noon, followed by a tractor parade.

There were at least 50 tractors in the parade - many antique models dating from the 1940's. Art and Marilyn Feyereisen were crowned king and queen of the parade and rode on a specially decorated float with their families.

Threshing continued after the parade, as well as demonstration of the sawmill - both were powered by tractors.

"Because this was our first time in Roberts, we didn't expect to have as big a crowd as usual," said Lubich. "But it was a good turnout and a very nice, wonderful day. I hope we can continue to host this event in Roberts."