Threshing Bee Proves To Be Pot-Pourri Of By-Gone Years

Collector's cornucopia


| November/December 1972



Algie Ray Smith, the author of this article, is a columnist for several county weeklies including The Logan Leader, which is home-based in Russellville, Kentucky.

Mr. Smith, through his column, Collector's Cornucopia, attempts to generate an interest in collecting, antiques and the preservation of historic Americana.

(We thank The Logan Leader and Mr. Smith for permission to reprint this write-up. We also give credit to J. A. Miller, Route 1, Russellville, Kentucky 42276 for making the communications on this available).

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To say that the Tennessee-Kentucky Threshermen's Association, Inc. Third Annual Threshing Bee was 'quite a show' is to say the very least. The Steam Tractor Engine and Wheat Threshing Show, held on the Bell School Grounds at Adams, Tenn. (home of the Bell Witch), was the very best we have ever seen. The agenda included grist mill and sawmill operation, threshing, baker fan and teeter totter, model engines in action, steam trains, mule team shows, antique cars, antique agricultural implement displays and household furnishings displays.

If you are over 50, you would have been overcome by waves of nostalgia; and if you are under 50, the thrill of the old-time steam power would have been a lifetime first. The Association, indeed, is providing an invaluable service to present day generations by keeping alive a part of our American heritage.