2018 Show

Almelund Threshing Show

Celebrating the culture of Rural America

August 10, 11, & 12, 2018

Gates open daily at 7:00 a.m.  Admission is $20 for all three days or $10 per day (MN sales tax included in price).  Children under age 12 are free with adults.  Camping fees are $10/per unit per night.  Wristbands must be worn at all times.  There is no ATM on site.   ATM’s are located at Rod’s Country Corner (2.9 miles west) and CJ’s Bar (1 mile east).  No glass containers are allowed on grounds.   All events are subject to weather.

Map of the Almelund Threshing Showgrounds

Almelund Threshing Show Daily Activities 2018

7 am – Gates are open.  Get your wristband and get going for the day.  The Flea Market with almost 150 vendors is open.  It features everything – antiques, tractor parts, original art – lots of great deals.   Check out this year’s youth tractor restoration project – an Allis Chalmer 160 – under the pavilion by the west entrance and take a chance on being its new owner by purchasing a raffle ticket.

7 am to 10:30 am – Breakfast is served by the Almelund Volunteer Fire Department at the Main Food Shack.

8 am – Beer garden operated by the Almelund Lions Club opens for the day in the Entertainment Building except on Sunday when it is closed until after the church service.

8 am to 5 pm – Registration for the Tractor Parade and Tractor Pulls is open at Information/Registration Building.  Most of the other buildings are open during theis hours.  Carlsted’s Kids Corner and the 1870’s log house are open 8 am to 4 pm.  Looking for some cool swag – check out the T-shirt Shack under the windmill.

10 am – Youth Tractor Safety Class for ages 12 thru 16 will be held in the Tractor Pull area.  Youth must attend this class to get their operating license for the weekend.

10:30 am to 7 pm – Main Food Shack and the Malt Shop operated by the Almelund Volunteer Fire Department are open for lunch and dinner.

11 am and periodically during the day – Threshing demonstrations using old-tyme equipment will be happening in the area east of the Threshing Shed.

11:30 am – Tractor Talks happen.  Gather around this year’s featured tractors – Allis Chalmers – near the windmill to learn more.

1 pm – The Tractor Parade starts.  Grandstand seating is available next to the Information Building or find a shady spot along the route.  Parade lasts about an hour.  All tractors participating in the parade must register ahead of time and have their parade number visible as they enter the route.

11 pm to 7 am – Quiet hours!  No generators running.

Midnight – All gates are closed.  Beer garden closes.

Attractions & Displays

There is a lot to see at the Almelund Threshing Show; way more than just classic tractors!   Make sure to check out these historic and fascinating attractions.

Old Chisago County Courthouse:  Quilt raffle, American Flag display, Antique radios, Carvings of miniature farm implements & wooden toys, Law library & manual typewriter display, Old time photographer with character costumes available, Post card sales, Showcase “collections” display, Story telling, and “Favorite grandmother’s table setting” contest!

Fun for Kids: Playground with new equipment, Ring toss game, FFA farm animal pens, Pedal tractor pull (Saturday only), and Sawdust pit coin toss (Sunday only).   Be sure they visit Carlsted’s Kids Corner by the log house.

Log House, Duplex, Dairy Barn & SmokeHouse:  The showgrounds are home to a wide variety of log structures which have been moved here to preserve them.  Walk through them and imagine living there instead of your current home.  Master Gardeners are available in the Duplex house to answer your garden and weed questions. 

Pioneer Building:  Yarn spinning, Sock knitting, Rug making, Butter churning, other crafts and everyday skills.

Fairbanks Morse Engine:  This is an incredible four cylinder machine.  Wander around the area to see lots of smaller engines and pop-pop machines.

Poik’s Barber Shop:  Sit in an old fashion barber chair and get your hair cut while visiting us.

Blacksmith Shop:  Watch how horseshoes, nails and door hardware are made using hot coals and a hammer.

Sawmill and Shingle & Lathe Mills: Watch huge logs being cut into lumber for building.  Pick up a shingle branded with this year’s logo.

Clover Blossom School:  See what it was like to go to a rural school with all the students in one room.

Sunrise Shell Gas Station:  Operated for many years in downtown Sunrise.   Closed in 1962.  Board the stage coach with its team of exceptional horses at this stop and take a ride.  Doug’s golf cart rental is also located here.

Train Depot:  See vintage train displays and talk with local railroad enthusiasts.

T-shirt Shack:  Want a souvenir?  Purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats celebrating this year’s event.




Special Events and Entertainment

Friday (Aug 10th):

1 pm to 4 pm –  DC and Hawk Band in Entertainment Building

5 pm till it’s doneTractor Pulls featuring farm stock tractors thru 15000 lbs, Neighborhood Feud, Powder Puff, and Open classes in the Tractor Pull Area.  Food shack and beer garden in that area (behind the bleachers) are open during the pulls.

AND 8 pm until MidnightFarmer’s Daughter Band in Entertainment Building


Saturday (Aug 11th):

9 am to 11:30 am  –  DC and Hawk Band in Entertainment Building.

10 amYouth Pedal Tractor Pull for ages 5 thru 10 years old.  Along west side of Pioneer Building

Noon to 1 pmLake Country Cloggers in the Entertainment Building.

1:30 pm to 4 pmThe Neighberz Band in the Entertainment Building

2 pm till its doneTractor Pulls featuring antique tractors up to 1960 in the Tractor Pull Area.  Food shack and beer garden in that area (behind the bleachers) are open during the pulls.

AND  8 pm until Midnight – Rockin Hollywoods Band in the Entertainment Building.

Sunday (Aug 12th):

Come early for pancakes served by the Almelund Volunteer Fire Department.  Then join us at 9 am in the Entertainment Building for an old fashion non-denominational worship service.   Sing some songs your grandparents and their parents will remember.   Accordion/polka music by the King’s Men from Duluth.  Songs lead by Jon Ekstrom.  No motorized equipment near the building during the service please!

10:30 am to 11:30 amMartha with Creature Encounters – Animal Show in the Entertainment Building.

10:30 am to 2 pmMystery Mountain Boys outside by the Pioneer Building/Food Shack silo.  A great place to have lunch.

NoonSawdust Pit Coin Toss for children ages 3 to 10 years old near the playground area.

Noon to 1 pmLake Country Cloggers in the Entertainment Building.

2 pm till its doneTractor Pulls featuring vintage tractors up to 1975 in the Tractor Pull Area.  Food shack and beer garden in that area (behind the bleachers) are open during the pulls.

4 pmRaffle Drawing at the Information Building.  Last chance to get your tickets for the Allis Chalmers 160 tractor and help fund our Youth Tractor Restoration program.  The tractor is in peak running condition thanks to the Youth Tractor Restoration Program under the guidance of Bruce Nelson and Al Deiss at Rosewood Restoration.   Proceeds from this year’s raffle help to fund the purchase and youth restoration of a Cockshutt tractor for the 2019 show.

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