38th Old Threshers Days this weekend
The 38th anniversary of Old Threshers Days is set for Friday through Sunday, as another big crowd from throughout the region is expected to converge upon the Old Threshers Grounds and Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma.
The Colorado Barbed Wire Collectors Association is coming back to celebrate its 50th anniversary. An amazing and varied collection of barbed wire will be on display in the big building located at the east end of the Old Threshers Grounds.
There will be other private collections on display in the 4-H building on the fairgrounds, where Old Threshers will have a car show again on Saturday.
Lexon Brandt is coming back to work in the blacksmith shop throughout all three days of the show, and the chainsaw woodcarver is returning again.
There will be a lot of fun attractions for the youngsters again this year. The petting zoo will be back, and there will be face painting and games, along with a bouncy house.
A lightning strike took out the steeple on the church earlier this year, and it still has not been repaired. However, church services will go as always in the church along Old Main Street.
There will be a breakfast served each morning beginning at 7 a.m. Old Main Street opens at 9 a.m. Friday, and wheat threshing and other demonstrations begin at 10. The saw mill will run at 10:30. Lunch will be available beginning at 11. Demonstrations and wheat threshings will continue in the afternoon.
Friday concludes with the Colorado Garden Tractor Pullers Association pull at 6 p.m.
Saturday morning includes oxen demonstrations at 10 a.m., and horse powered demonstrations at 10:30. Wheat threshing and the saw mill will run again Saturday morning.
A barbecue lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
There then will be presentations of appreciation awards, a benefit auction, and then the Parade of Power. Demonstrations will continue throughout the afternoon.
The Double Tree Antique Tractor Pull, conducted by the Rocky Mountain Antique Tractor Pullers Association, will begin at 4:30 p.m.
A rescue dog demonstration will be held at 5 p.m.
The evening meal will be served by the Boy Scouts.
The always popular Fiddlers Show will be held at 6 p.m. at the Old Threshers Grounds.
More entertainment will take place at the fairgrounds as an antique tractor pull is held at 6:30 p.m., and the Ladies Cast Iron Skillet Throw is at 7.
The nondenominational church service is Sunday at 9 a.m.
There will be a lot of activity in front of the grandstands on the fairgrounds Sunday morning as the Pedal Tractor Pull State Finals begins at 9:30.
Wheat threshing, antique farm demonstrations and hose demonstrations will be held again in the morning starting at 10:30. The saw mill will run one last time at 12 noon.
The action wraps up that afternoon at the fairgrounds with the Draft Horse Pull at 1 p.m., followed by the Antique Tractor Pull at 2.
The show closes at 3:30 p.m.
The weekend’s events include the Yuma County Cattlemen’s Pen of Three Contest on Saturday morning, a quilt show, live music and much more.
Old Main Street includes a blacksmith building, an old gas station complete with pumps, a church, an old house, a building housing a huge license plate collection, a building with an old-school printing press, military veterans memorabilia, an old post office and grocery store and much more.
There will be shuttle service to all exhibits, and private golf carts will be allowed on the premises.
It is free admission, but commemorative collector buttons will be available, with a chance to win a $50 gas gift card each day.
All exhibitors are welcome, and there will be vendors selling their wares.
One can find more information on the Old Threshers Group of Yuma Facebook page, of its website at yumaoldthreshers.org.