Love Antique Tractors? Bird City, Kansas Is the Place to Be July 26 – 28, 2018

If you love antique tractors, threshers, etc., then Bird City, Kansas (northwest Kansas for those not familiar with Bird City’s location; roughly 30 miles west of Colorado border and 20 miles south of Nebraska border on U.S. Highway 36) is the place to be July 26 – 28, 2018. It’s the 65th annual event this year. I won’t be able to make it this year, but enjoyed it the several times I attended when I lived in the area. You can learn more about it at http://www.threshershow.org/ and their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tri-State-Antique-Engine-Threshers-Association-128818890502056/.

Admission prices are as follows:

Show Admission
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Individual Membership $20
(Good for all 3 days)

Adult Daily Admission $7

Child Daily Admission $3

While it may not be as exciting (matter of opinion as some would think the Thresher Show is more exciting) as the Frozen Dead Guy Days (held in March which tends to be a tad better cooler since Nederland is near Boulder, Colorado and I scheduled a blog post on March 1, 2019, highlighting it in case you don’t check it out before then – stay tuned)  in Nederland, Colorado, it’s a pretty interesting time.

Here’s the Schedule of Events:

*** Schedule of Events ***

Wednesday Program

Community Pot Luck Dinner 6:00p.m. on the Show Grounds

Thursday Program

Opening Ceremonies – 10:00am
Corn Shelling & Grinding- 10:10am
Saw Mill Demonstration & SHingle Making- 10:30am
Steam Engine Talk in the Grandstand Area – 11:00am
Pyramid Stunt – 11:15am
Steam Engine Races – 11:45am
Lunch – 12:00pm
National Anthem -1:00pm
Kid’s Tug of War with a Steam Engine -1:10pm
Introduction of the Thresher Queen & Princess – 1:15pm
Straw Bale Loader Demonstration – 1:30pm
Parade of Tractors – 1:45pm
Kid’s Crafts at the School House – 3:00pm
Blacksmith Demonstration at the Blacksmith Shop – 3:00pm
Wheat Binding Demonstration – 3:00pm
Martin Busse Memorial Singalong and Player Piano Concert in the Wright Bldg. – 3:30pm
Antique Tractor Plowing Demonstration – 3:30pm
Wheat Threshing Demonstration – 4:00pm
Bingo in the Dining Hall – 4:30pm
Community Club Meal and Ken Burns Flim: Dust Bowl – 5:00pm at Legion Hall

Friday Program

Tractor Convoy Breakfast (in Wheeler, KS) – 8:00am
Tractor Convoy – Departs from Wheeler, KS – 9:00am
Opening Ceremonies – 10:00am
Corn Shelling & Grinding Demonstration – 10:10am
Saw Mill Demonstration, Wood Planing, Shingle Making – 10:30am
Steam Engine Talk in the Grandstand Area- 11:00am
Pyramid Stunt – 11:15am
Steam Engine Races – 11:45am
Lunch – 12:00pm
National Anthem – 1:00pm
Kid’s Tug of War with a Steam Engine – 1:00pm
Straw Bale Loader Demonstration – 1:10pm
Parade of Tractors – 1:15pm
Blacksmith Demonstration at the Blacksmith Shop – 3:00pm
Wheat Binding Demonstration – 3:00pm
Kid’s Crafts at the School House – 3:00pm
Combine Harvesting Demonstration – 3:15pm
Martin Busse Memorial Singalong and Player Piano Concert in the Wright Bldg. – 3:30pm
Horse, Steam and Antique Tractor Plowing Demonstration – 3:30pm
Wheat Threshing Demonstration – 4:00pm
Bingo in the Dining Hall – 4:30pm
Old Fashioned Slow Cooked Beef, Beans and Corn on the Cob in Dining Hall on Thresher Grounds – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Kiddie Tractor Pull 6:30 pm
Antique Tractor Pull 7:00 pm
Steam Engine Pull 8:00 pm

Saturday Program

Annual Fun Run – 1m, 2m & 5K – Races start at 8:00am
Fun Run Registration Form in PDF Format
H-P Chuck Wagon Breakfast on Thresher Grounds 8:30am
Opening Ceremonies – 10:00am
Corn Shelling Demonstration – 10:10am
Saw Mill Demonstration, Wood Planing, Shingle Making – 10:30am
Antique Tractor Rodeo – 11:00am
Steam Engine Talk in the Grandstand Area- 11:00am
Pyramid Stunt – 11:15am
Steam Engine Races – 11:45am
Lunch – 12:00pm
National Anthem – 1:00pm
Kid’s Tug of War with a Steam Engine – 1:00pm
Straw Bale Loader Demonstration – 1:10pm
Parade of Tractors – 1:15pm
Big Ed’s Horseshoe Tournament (Kid’s and Adult Divisions – 1:30pm
Watermelon Cannon – 2:45pm
Farm Credit Free Watermelon for Everyone – 3:00pm
Kid’s Crafts at the School House – 3:00pm
Blacksmith Demonstration at the Blacksmith Shop – 3:00pm
Wheat Binding and Combine Harvesting Demonstration – 3:00pm
Martin Busse Memorial Singalong and Player Piano Concert in the Wright Bldg. – 3:30pm
Horse, Steam and Antique Tractor Plowing Demonstration – 3:30pm
Wheat Threshing Demonstration – 4:00pm
Bingo in the Dining Hall – 4:30pm

Sunday, July 30th

Worship Service in the Country Church at 9:00 a.m.

(Daily Events subject to change)

Daily Events (Thur, Fri. & Sat.)

8:00 Show Grounds Open
9:00 Servicing Equipment – Building Steam
10:00 Flag Raising – Invocation
Community Wide Garage-Yard Sale Southeast of the Country Church– Opens at 10:00am
All Day Swap Meet on the Show Grounds 10:00a.m. – 7:00pm
Kid’s Scavenger Hunt in Building #2
Kid’s Corn Treasure Dig East of the Dining Hall
11:00-11:30 Player Piano Program in Building 8
12:00 Lunch
2:30 Player Piano Program in Building 8
Kids Petting Zoo (Friday & Saturday) East of Building #5
Kid’s Playground Area – East of the Sod House

Special Buildings – Open Each Day

Eggers Historical Museum
Sod House
Country School House
Country Church
Blaksmith Shop
Fiber Arts & Quilt Museum
Antique Print Shop
Clark Toy Museum
Thompson Antique Vehicle Museum
Dorsh Sawyer Antique Tractor Museum
Wilkens Toy & Antique Tractor Museum

Children’s Activities – Open Each Day

Steam Engine Tug-O-War
Petting Zoo
Playground
Corn Tank Treasure Hunt
Old Fashioned Stilts
Scavenger Hunt
Kids Crafts
Barrel Train Rides

You can learn more about Bird City at https://www.birdcity.com/; you can also follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GetBirdCity.You can also see a number of videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=thresher+show+bird+city+ks.

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