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A tradition continues in Drake

42nd threshing show is Sept. 11-12

September 2, 2010
Matt Mullally

Drake Threshing Show organizer Al Krapu recalls when his father traded his steam engine for his first tractor, a John Deere 1530.

"He was in seventh heaven,' Krapu laughs.

Krapu's father (Shorty) and other early farmers in the area would surely shake their heads in amazement of advances of farm machinery today.

Indeed, farming has come a long way, but the past is still important.

"We need to always remember and appreciate what people had, and what they had to work with,' Krapu said.

The 42nd annual Drake Threshing Show provides an opportunity for people to do just that.

Fact Box

What: Drake Threshing Show

When: Sept. 11 and 12, gates open at 7 a.m.

Where: Threshing grounds one-half mile west of Drake

If you go: Admission is $5 per person for a prepaid button, or $7 at the gate on Sept. 11 or 12.

Of note: This is the 42nd show.

The two-day event is set for Sept. 11-12 at the threshing grounds located one-half mile west of Drake.

Krapu and other volunteers have spent the past few months planning this year's show, and hope to build on last year's event.

"We had one of our best shows ever,' he said. "Attendance was go and there was a lot of different things going on."

There are events for people of all ages and both days feature a breakfast and a lunch provided in the old Balfour train depot, which is on the threshing grounds. Live music by Country Cousins will perform in the depot as well as perform during the dance on Saturday evening, Sept. 11. A working blacksmith will give demonstrations as well. An old-style shingle maker will be up and running. A flea market is also planned and Krapu said that went over well last year.

The show also features a raffle with many prizes, including several picture prints, a ladies wrist watch and a pedal tractor. Raffle tickets are available for purchase through any threshing show member, or can be bought at the show. The drawing will be held on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12.

One of the events a year ago that was a crowd favorite was horse drawn plows and that is going to be featured again. "People like to see the horses work," Krapu added.

Among the planned Sept. 11 events is a noon parade through the threshing grounds will should include plenty of entries. This year's featured make of tractor is John Deere. Krapu said the plan is for Albert Bossart of Drake to lead the parade by driving his vintage Waterloo Boy. Bosart and his family owned the John Deere dealership in Drake for many years.

Tractor-powered grain threshing will follow and visitors are welcome to lend a hand. One of the most anticipated events is the full-size tractor pulling contest for 1965 or older models in the afternoon as well as the pick up pulling to begin at 3 p.m. There are also plenty of kids' games sponsored by the Drake Jaycees which start at 2 p.m. and bingo will be offered at 4 p.m. A dance will wrap up the first day's festivities at 8:30 p.m. on the threshing grounds. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved to Drake City Hall.

On Sept. 12 a garden tractor pull is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. A kids pedal tractor pull will be held at 2 p.m. and that's always a popular event.

Over the years attendance has been around 750 for the two-day event and the show draws from a large area, including a good number from the Rugby area. The show has been held the weekend after Labor Day for years to provide a community event between the small grains and row crop harvest.

Admission is the $5 in advance and $7 at the gate which includes a prepaid button. Those with antique farm tractors or machinery are encouraged to bring it down to the grounds to display or drive in the parade are welcome.

For more information, contact Al at (701) 240-3432 or Warren at (701) 626-7337.



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