Events & Activities

Almelund Threshing Show

Featuring JOHN DEERE tractors and equipment

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). Wristbands must be worn at all times.   Children under age 12 are free with adults.  Camping fees are $10/per unit per night.  There are no dump stations on site.  There is no ATM on site.  Closest ATM is at Rod’s Country Corner (gas station/groceries) (2.9 miles west).  No glass containers are allowed on grounds.  Dogs on leash are allowed but you must pickup  after them!

Printable schedule of weekend events – 2021atcschedule (1)

Map of sh0wgrounds with index to buildings –2021atcmap

 

 

 

Almelund Threshing Show Daily Activities

All events are subject to weather!

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 tractor restoration project worked on by our youth crew in 2019 under the pavilion by the main 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 these hours.  Carlsted’s Kids Corner and the adjacent 1870’s Log House are open 8 am to 4 pm.

Looking for some cool swag?  Don’t miss out on this year’s show shirt!  Want  a new logo T-shirt or Sweatshirt?  Children and youth sizes available.  Up to size 4XXXX in adult.   Check out all the great stuff in the 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 – this includes for the parade.

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 – John Deere – 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 a bit over an hour.  All tractors participating in the parade must register ahead of time and have their parade number visible on the front of their tractor 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 (1865) 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! 

If you would like to reserve one of our locked display cabinets to show off your antique collection or to participate in the “Grandmother’s Table” vintage dish display, contact Marge at MargeStrand@yahoo.com.  This year’s table theme is “Red, White and Blue” – show us your colors!

 

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.  Classes in Clover Blossom schoolhouse from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

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.  This year, Gammelgarden will be having classes for youth from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm each day.  Opening exercises will begin with Pledge of Allegiance and a daily poem and followed by a Spelling Bee.  At 11:00 am, there will be a Trivia Bee (topic – St. Croix Watershed) and then it’s time for lunch and outdoor playground games.  Indoor activities will resume at 1:00 pm with an arts/craft project and some language learning.   The day will end with a sing-a-long that starts at about 2:45 pm.   No fee to participate.  Folks are invited to watch the activities.

Sunrise Shell Gas Station:  Owned and operated for many years by Kenny Lehman in downtown Sunrise.   Closed in 1962. 

Golf cart rentals from Lakes Area Golf Carts are located here.  Advance reservations can be made by calling Sean @763-607-2278 or email: customerservice@lakesareagolfcarts.com.

Train Depot:  See vintage train displays and talk with local railroad enthusiasts inside this historic depot.

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

                     

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Special Events and Entertainment

Friday – August 13th:

9 am to Noon – Band: BandanAhhh’s in Entertainment building

1 pm to 3:30 pm – Band: DC & Hawk in Entertainment building

4 pm to 6pm – Bingo 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 MidnightBand: Darlene and the Boys  in Entertainment Building. 

 

          Saturday – August 14:

9 am to 11:30 amBand: Lakeside Boogy in Entertainment Building.

9 am Youth Pedal Tractor Pull for ages 5 thru 10 years old.  New location this year – Tractor Pull Area

Noon to 1 pmLake Country Cloggers in the Entertainment Building.

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Band: DC & Hawk in the Entertainment Building

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

4 pm to 6 pmBingo in Entertainment building

AND  8 pm until Midnight Band: Jonah & the Whales in the Entertainment Building.

 

          Sunday – August 15:

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.  Speaker will be Pastor Ron Hackman (retired – Taylors Falls and Spring Lake).  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.  Please -No motorized equipment near the building during the service!

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 to 4pm – Band: Monroe Crossing on Strand Family Stage by Courthouse.

Noon till its done Tractor Pulls featuring vintage tractors up to 1975 and Steel Wheels 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 a John Deere tractor and help fund our Youth Tractor Restoration program.  The tractor is in peak running condition thanks to the 2019 Youth Tractor Restoration Program under the guidance of Bruce Nelson and Al Deiss at Rosewood Restoration.  Proceeds from the raffle help to fund the purchase of future tractors and the youth restoration program.

4 pm to 7 pm – Band: Neighberz in the Entertainment building.

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