August 15, 16 & 17, 2014
5005 Country View Rd, near Valmy [map]
Event That Started in 1983 Still Going Strong
Because of their interest in preserving the heritage, history and machinery of previous generations of farming, back in 1983 Bernie and Shirley Geisel asked a group of local farmers to produce a show that would bring back the old ways of farming, including working machinery.
The first show was scheduled for the third weekend in August but heavy rains forced it to be postponed until the following weekend. The Northeastern Wisconsin Antique Power Association was formed to operate as a two-day event. For the first 15 years it was held on the Geisel farm, near Valmy.
In 1997 the club purchased 30 acres of a nearby farm at 5005 Country View Rd, 7 miles north of Sturgeon Bay. Another adjoining 10 acres were purchased the following year and the 16th annual Thresheree was held at the new site.
The event now stretches over three days, Friday Night 7:00-11:00 p.m. Live music by “Mad Cats,” a show band that will keep everyone dancing by playing everything from Pop to country. Gates open at 6:00 pm. Admission is $8.00 for the weekend which includes a souvenir button or $8.00 per day.
Saturday activities begin with a chainsaw competition at 9:30 am (registration at 8:30 am). An antique tractor pull will get underway at 11:30 am (weigh in 9:00-11:15 am) normally attracts 100 or more entries. Trophies to the top 3 in each class.
A polka band, Jerry Voelker Orchestra, will provide dance music on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a polka mass at 5:30 p.m. The day’s festivities conclude with Valmy’s favorite country band, ”The Modern Day Drifters,” from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am.
Sunday morning, Lutheran worship service begins at 8:30. At 10 a.m. Lena Area Garden Tractor Pullers Assoc. Inc., also at 10 a.m., there is a kids tractor pull and kids games, also a Little Farmer dress-up contest. Noon Intermission, 12:00 p.m., The Cavalcade of Power, will provide a Parade of Antique Machines in front of the Grandstands. Lena Tractor Pulls Finals will resume at 12:45 p.m. The “Bittorf Brothers” will be playing from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, in the Barn Pavilion.
At 3:30 p.m. one of the weekend’s most popular attractions gets under way – the mud pig wrestling competition. Teams of four people (male or female) attempt to catch a pig and place it on top of a barrel in less than one minute. Co-ed teams are permitted but will be put in the men’s division.
Food and refreshments are served all weekend. Vender Displays and Antique Machinery Demonstration will run Saturday and Sunday.
The Thresheree is held annually the third weekend in August.
Each year a raffle is held. Tickets can be purchased from club members.
THERE ARE NO STRANGERS HERE…ONLY FRIENDS YOU HAVEN’T MET!!!!