Atwater Threshing Days 2021

Atwater Threshing Days was held Sept. 11 and 12 in Atwater.

There were plenty of tractors on display at Atwater Threshing Days, which were held Saturday and Sunday. The daily tractor parade wraps around the event grounds, giving everyone a good look at the machines. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

ATWATER — The Atwater Threshing Days returned in 2021 after canceling its 2020 event, with music, activities, parades and plenty of people in attendance Saturday and Sunday at the Atwater Threshing Grounds, 1100 Kandi-Meeker Road, just east of the city of Atwater.

Each day there was a long list of activities, demonstrations, music and, of course, threshing.

Every year a specific brand of tractors is showcased at Threshing Days. This year's focus was Minneapolis-Moline. Formed in 1929 and based in Hopkins, the business was a merger of three companies — Moline Plow Company Inc., Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company, and Minneapolis Steel and Machinery Company. The company was purchased in 1963 by White Motor Company.

This year's tractor focus at Atwater Threshing Days was Minneapolis-Moline. There are plenty of the gold hued machines on display at this year's event. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune


There were plenty of activities to keep kids entertained at Atwater Threshing Days. Here, they have run run around, through and on top of large pieces of drain tile. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

A corn shredder gets to work, helping to fill the air with pieces of corn stalk. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

A silage cutter rumbles as corn stalks are fed into it. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune


A threshing machine spits out straw at Atwater Threshing Days. Shelby Lindrud / West Central Tribune

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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