Threshing Bee Captures Farm Life of Yesteryear

| September/October 1972

FROM Waukomis Steam Threshing Assn.

Art Kosted 3832 NW 18 Oklahoma City 73107

In a time when Americans are turning to the nostalgic past and the simple pleasures of life, the steam threshing bee of yesteryear has become a special attraction in the agricultural belt. One of the 'granddadies' of them all is the Waukomis, Okla., Steam Threshing Association, which holds its 18th annual bee Friday through Sunday, July 28-30, eight miles south of Enid in North Central Oklahoma.

The three-day event is held on the Harry Landwehr farm three miles west of U. S. 81 at Waukomis. It features a daily grand parade of mammoth antique steam engines used to help break the sod and harvest the crops around the turn of the century. Also on the program each day are a steam engine race, a Baker Fan test, steam wood sawing and other events.

The daily grand finale is actual threshing of 30 acres of grain (barley or wheat), followed by an old-time farm meal in an old cook shack.

Begun originally as a one-man show by the late Harry Landwehr, the Waukomis Steam Threshing Bee is now sponsored by the nonprofit Waukomis Steam Threshing Association, organized in 1966 to accommodate the ever-growing crowds. A $1 admission fee is charged for the threshing bee to cover such association expenses as fuel, insurance, and maintenance of the rare machines. Children under 12 are admitted free.