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Embracing and remembering farming history

This gentleman looks like he’s remembering times gone by as he walks the rows of antique tractors displayed in Roberts Village Park on Sunday, Aug. 17. The Threshing Bee featured demonstrations of an old saw mill and threshing machine. (Photo by Sarah Young) 1 / 7
Five-year-old Shawn Vorwald of Roberts was having a blast “test-driving” all the different tractors at the St. Croix Valley Collectors Association’s 29th annual Threshing Bee and farm equipment displays in Roberts Village Park on Sunday, Aug. 17. (Photo by Sarah Young)2 / 7
Jerry VanHeukelom of River Falls demonstrated how to make homemade ice cream with a machine he rigged up made from parts found at swap meets and the Ellsworth Creamery. The little gas motor powers a 55-gallon drum that makes 10 gallons of ice cream per batch. Attendees were treated to homemade vanilla ice cream, pulled pork sandwiches and other potluck dishes. (Photo by Sarah Young)3 / 7
Don Hogenson (right) of Glenwood City shows onlookers how an old saw mill is operated at the St. Croix Valley Collectors Association 29th annual Threshing Bee at Roberts Village Park on Sunday, Aug. 17. (Photo by Sarah Young)4 / 7
Families taking photos was a common sight at Sunday’s Threshing Bee in Roberts, hosted by the St. Croix Valley Collectors Association. (Photo by Sarah Young)5 / 7
A line of red McCormick Farmall’s provides contrast to the green John Deere’s also on display at the 29th annual St. Croix Valley Collectors Association Threshing Bee in Roberts last weekend. (Photo by Sarah Young) 6 / 7
St. Croix Valley Collectors Association members load the threshing machine with sheaves of grain on Sunday, Aug. 17 at the Threshing Bee in Roberts. The thresher separates the grains from the stalks and husks, then blows the chaff out the back. (Photo by Sarah Young) 7 / 7

The 29th annual St. Croix Valley Collectors Association Barn Dance and Threshing Bee drew a crowd of around 300 people, according to Pete Lubich, one of the event organizers.

The public was invited to sample homemade ice cream made by Jerry Van Heukelom of River Falls, admire row after row of antique tractors and farm equipment, observe how old-time threshers and sawmills work, watch the parade, or take part in the slow tractor race.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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