General Rules and Policies
The policies that have been adopted by the membership of the Almelund Threshing Company have been put into place to insure the safety and enjoyment of spectators, exhibitors, and members of the Almelund Threshing Show. These policies are subject to change by the ATC Board of Directors.
- One complimentary admission is offered to each tractor exhibitor. Family members/extra staff must purchase wristbands.
- Spectators must wear the wristband purchased from the ticket shacks on the show grounds at all times.
- The fees for the Almelund Threshing Show are: $20 for all three days/$10 per day (MN sales tax included in price). Children under 12 are free.
- Camping is $10/night from the time you mark off or put your camping unit on the grounds. Campgrounds open on Sunday before the show and close on the last day of show. All campers must leave Sunday afternoon.
- For those needing mobility assistance, golf carts are available for rent or you may bring your own and REGISTER it at the Information Building to use during the show. Vehicle must be insured! Sheriff’s office and designated ATC Grounds workers vehicles registered at Information Bldg are exempt.
Warning – Inherent Risks of Agritourism
Under Minnesota law, a provider of agritourism activities is not liable for injury, damage, or death of a participant resulting from an inherent risk of agritourism. Inherent risks include: natural hazards and conditions of land, water, and vegetation; behavior of wild, domestic, and farm animals; ordinary dangers of farm, ranch, processing, and other machinery, equipment, and structures; and, other dangers or conditions integral to an agritourism activity. Participants assume the inherent risks of agritourism activities. Minnesota Statute 604A.40 (2016)
To protect all spectators and visitors to the Almelund Threshing Show, we must ask that everyone follow our vehicle policies closely. See the vehicle policy: Vehicle Movement Policy(PDF). All vehicles entering the showgrounds from the parking lots must be registered and permit must be displayed at all times. Speed limit for all vehicles on the show grounds is 5 mph (about the speed of a fast walk).
NO ATV’s, UTV’s, Side by Sides or Golf Carts permitted on the Show Grounds except in the following situations:
- Handicapped transportation, vehicle must be occupied by the registered permit holder.
- Occupant over the age of 60, vehicle must be occupied by that person.
- Registered Almelund Threshing Showgrounds worker.
All vehicles must be registered at the Information Building and registration must be displayed at all times. If you are driving your vehicle on the grounds unregistered, you will be asked to park it and not use it during the show. Proof of insurance is required to register an ATV, UTV, side by side, or golf cart.
Lakes Area Golf Carts (formerly Doug’s) will be providing on-site rental carts. Same rules apply to rental golf carts as bring your own carts. The rental booth will be located next to the Sunrise Gas Station behind the Clover Blossom School. Handicap parking is readily available in that area. Reservations are strongly recommended as there are a limited number of carts. Call 763-607-2278 or 612-964-4653 to reserve a cart or for additional information.
State law dictates how much room is needed for vehicle traffic entering and leaving our lots. There are mowed strips in the East and West parking lots to help keep parking orderly. Parking for trailers and trucks and overflow cars is available on south side of Highway 95. Please use that space if you have a trailer! Trailer may be left in that area overnight. Do not park on the side of Highway 95 as your vehicle will be subject to towing. Maximizing space is easier if this policy is followed. The alternative is to have your vehicle towed if not parked correctly.
Any and all vendor/advertisers must adhere to the advertising rules, set by the Almelund Threshing Show advertising committee. See the advertising policy (pdf).
Exhibits are defined as vintage machinery and displays related to our rural heritage – such as tractors, small engines, and other farm equipment. Automobiles that are 1957 or older are welcome. Car clubs should make advance arrangements for entering and parking on the grounds. Snowmobiles that are 1980 or older are also welcome.
Flea Market Policies
As you may have heard our 2020 show has been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. All money, paperwork, and site reservations have been transferred to August 2021 show. Manager Sue says: “I can’t say thank you enough for making this volunteer job a little easier. I am grateful. Looking forward to next year and seeing everybody again.”
The Almelund Threshing Company has one of largest flea markets in the area. Permit vehicles are allowed in the fair market area. Please be respectful of the walking public and vendor shopping space. We work hard to accommodate the vendors that pay for a vending spot by making sure that they will have a fair chance to display and sell their items.
When an exhibitor has 10% or more of their display that is actively advertising items for sale, they will have to move to the flea market area and pay for the vending space. Exhibitors not wanting to comply with this policy will be asked to leave or stop selling their items and just display them. Flea market spaces are 20 ft x 40 ft and cost $60 per space nonrefundable. All spaces in the Flea Market are currently reserved. Vendors are responsible for their own safety and merchandise; ATC is not responsible for any personal injury or loss or damage to vendor’s wares or equipment. Vendors must keep their vehicles parked during open hours.
Almelund Threshing Company (ATC) has adopted a camping policy for spectators and exhibitors who wish to camp on ATC property during the annual threshing show. Vehicles with a permit/registered at the Information Building are allowed in camping areas. Camping is $10/night from the time you mark off or put your camping unit on the grounds. For more information, see the Camping page.
Parking areas are off limits to camping! Violators will be asked to move to an open site or leave.
Tractor Pull Rules
Anyone interested in participating in any of the Almelund Threshing Show’s tractor pulls must be aware of all regulations and rules. For information about the tractor pulls, see the Tractor Pull page.
Contact 911 for all emergency assistance required on our show grounds. Almost all of the volunteer firemen staffing the food booths are trained Emergency First Responders. First aid kits are available at the Information Center, Sawmill, and Tractor Pull area. AED devices are located on fire trucks and at the tractor pull announcers building. Deputies from the Chisago County Sheriff’s department are on site. A land line telephone is located in our Information Building.