Old Threshers Days this weekend
“Old” might be a key word in the celebration but there is plenty of fun for the young at the 39th edition Old Threshers Days, Friday through Sunday at the Old Threshers Grounds and Yuma County Fairgrounds in Yuma.
Of course, there is the traditional petting zoo, always a favorite with the youngsters. However, there also will be a tent set up all three days for free face painting. Plus, there will be games for kids to play, coloring, and wheat threshing by hand for the youngsters.
Then there is a new activity, ducky water races utilizing pitcher pumps.
All the kids games are free, and little prizes will be given away.
The car show this year will be in the big building on the Old Threshers Grounds. Call Rich at (970) 630-3360 or Ron at (970) 848-3744 for more information.
Saturday evening will feature the fiddle show at 6 p.m. with Eva and Elan Dennis, along with Rik Chance. They will then be joined by the band “The Willows.” Band leader Dusty Hooker has performed venues such as the Grizzly Rose, the Greeley Stampede and Cheyenne Frontier Days.
“The Willows” encourages dancing so feel free to get out of your chairs and join in on the fun.
All activities, exhibitions and demonstrations are free to the public.
Old Threshers Group invites everyone to help support the event by joining in the wonderful meals put on by the group throughout the three-day show. There is breakfast each morning starting at 7, as well as lunch each, and the Yuma Boy Scouts will have an evening meal on Saturday beginning at 5.
The buildings on Old Main Street will be open each day, featuring a black smith shop, an old press, a school, a church, an old gas station, an old post office, a military veterans display, an impressive license plate collection and much more.
On Friday, there will be sawmill, wheat threshing and horse demonstrations beginning at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. There will be a Garden Tractor Pull on Friday at 6 p.m. sanctioned by the Colorado Garden Tractor Pullers Association.
The Yuma County Cattlemen’s Association’s Pen of 3 contest is at 10 a.m. Saturday. Contestants can unload their pens in the fairgrounds rodeo arena beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Wheat threshing begins at 10, followed by other demonstrations such as the saw mill, wood planer and hammer mill. Horse demonstrations begin at 11.
A barbecue lunch begins at 11 a.m., followed by the appreciation awards presentations and auction in front of the Black Smith shop.
The impressive Parade of Power and oxen demonstration will follow.
More demonstrations will be held Saturday afternoon, and there is the Double Tree Antique Tractor Pull at the fairgrounds at 4 p.m., and the ladies’ cast iron skillet throw at 7.
Sunday includes a non-denominational church service at 9 a.m. at Old Threshers.
The Pedal Tractor Pull state finals for youth will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds.
Booths and buildings are open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wheat threshing and other demonstrations begin at 10:30 a.m.
There is a draft horse pull at 1 p.m., followed by an antique tractor pull.
One also can help support the Old Threshers Group by purchasing a commemorative collectors button, which also gets one in a drawing for a $50 gas gift card each day.
Find more information at yumaoldthreshers.org, or visit the Old Threshers Group of Yuma Facebook page, for call Loris Allen at (970) 630-4942 or Tim Stulp at (970) 630-1516. Vendors are welcome and can get more information by calling Barb Miner at (970) 396-4075.