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Atwater Threshing Days to feature new exhibits, old favorites this weekend

ATWATER — This year’s Atwater Threshing Days will feature a machine dating back to the turn of the century: a steam engine.

A family from Buffalo, all licensed in running steam engines, will be demonstrating the engine at the 27th annual Atwater Threshing Days, which begins Saturday and goes through Sunday.

This year’s event will also feature Allis Chalmers tractors and equipment, said Sheila Bosch, a member of the Atwater Threshing Club, which hosts the festival each year.

“We are very interested in keeping history alive, especially the history of diversified farming in this area,” Bosch said of the two-day event.

Also new at this year’s Threshing Days will be a church on the show grounds. The church was built with many reclaimed pieces, including a steeple and stained glass windows from a church in Rosendale. A service will be held at the new church at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Atwater Threshing Days will also offer the usual favorites, including threshing, corn shredding, flour mill, rug making and butter churning demonstrations. There will also be live bluegrass and gospel music and a tractor parade at 1 p.m. both days.

The event goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Food will be available on the grounds, including a Lions pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

For more information on this year’s Atwater Threshing Days, visit or call Bosch at 320-796-2393.

Ashley White

Ashley White is the community content coordinator for the West Central Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @Ashley_WCT.

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