Farm celebration continues through Sunday
July 19, 2013 12:00PM
Updated: August 22, 2013 6:44AM
MANHATTAN — A tradition started 50 years ago as a threshing bee has grown into the Will County Threshermen’s annual show, which is under way this weekend and continues Sunday at the Round Barn Farm Park, 24115 S. U.S. 52.
Threshing is how the edible part of cereal grains or other crops are loosened from the inedible parts surrounding it.
The annual gathering is a celebration of Will County’s rich farm history, according to a news release.
Those who attend gain an understanding of life on the farm or remember days gone by, which included big steam engines, farmers gathering to help each other, and kitchens steaming with preparations for feeding the threshing crew, the release said.
The grounds open at 9 a.m. Sunday with a church service. Threshing begins at 10, followed by corn shelling and other activates. At 10:30 there is an antique tractor pull. The parade of power starts at 1:30.
Events throughout the day provide a glimpse into early farm life. There also will be a petting zoo, flea market, and a farm playground.
Entry is off U.S. 52. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.
For more information, visit www.steamshow.org.