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The McLouth Threshing Bee is one of the longest running Threshing Bees in the Nation!

Starting back in the 1950's when a local man by the name of Slim Watson had the idea to invite people out to his home, serve them some food, and give a little demonstration on how his farm equipment worked. It was a really big hit and it has continued since that time and with the help of many the tradition is continued today.

The McLouth Threshing Bee helps to keep alive the art of planting, harvesting, threshing and storing of grain forage crops, along with the domestic arts, and the tools, implements, instruments and machinery showing the culture of pioneer days. The educational and historical exhibits and displays are illustrated through reenactments with the working machinery.

Be sure to check our calendar for our other Special Events so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

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Herman 'Slim' Watson and his wife MYRTA, who lived near McLouth in Leavenworth County, Kansas, always had a warm spot in their hearts for the old 'Iron Horse' or the great steam engines and threshing machines. They decided to invite other 'Iron Horse' owners to their farm to show off their engines and machines. This is how the Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee got started back in 1957.

The show was traditionally held at the Watson farm. In 1965 it came under the authority of The Heart of America Antique Steam Engine and Model Assoc., Inc. or simply called 'The Association' by the local residents and was relocated to their present show site, on the south edge of McLouth, Kansas.

Our dear MYRTA WATSON passed away September 9, 1989 following an ever so brief illness. She was born September 30, 1903.

Our brother CALVIN 'CAB' HANSEN passed away June 10, 1989, also after a short illness. He was born January 21, 1903. Cab had been the hired hand for the Watson family 57 years. He was always considered part of the family and gave a lifetime of love, devotion, and dedicated service while living with the Watsons.

The officers, directors, members and friends so loved them and they shall never be forgotten.

Submitted by Doug McQuitty, President of Heart of America Antique Steam Engine and Model Assoc. Inc. McLouth, Kansas 66054.

Our Events

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McLouth Threshing Bee

Celebrating 56 Years!
1957-2013

Sept. 20, 21 and 22 2013

Admission:

FREE for ALL THREE DAYS!!!!

McLouth Hot Rod Pull

HOT ROD TRUCK and TRACTOR PULL

Saturday July 27th, 2013

7:00 p.m. on the track

McLouth Lawn Mower Derby

Lawn Mower Derby

Saturday August 23rd, 2014

4:00 p.m. on the track

McLouth Demo Derby

Demolition Derby

Saturday August 24th, 2013

7:00 p.m. on the track

ATV & UTV Poker Run

ATV & UTV Poker Run

Saturday June 22rd, 2013

9:00 a.m. on the grounds

Threshers Lair Haunted Hayride

Threshers Lair Haunted Hayride

Saturday October 18th 7:45pm to 11pm
and
Saturday October 25th 7:45pm to 11pm

The Local People

Herman 'Slim' Watson and his wife MYRTA, who lived near McLouth in Leavenworth County, Kansas, always had a warm spot in their hearts for the old 'Iron Horse' or the great steam engines and threshing machines. They decided to invite other 'Iron Horse' owners to their farm to show off their engines and machines. This is how the Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee got started back in 1957.

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911 S Home St, McLouth, KS 66054