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Threshing tradition continues

A tractor parade remains one of the highlights for the annual threshing bee hosted by the 120-member St. Croix Valley Collectors Association and held Aug. 15 and 16 at 637 Glover Road.

Normally held the third weekend in August, the big two-day harvest party demonstrates how harvesting was done in "the old days," complete with a Saturday night barn dance and a Sunday meal featuring pulled pork plus everyone's favorite dish-to-pass. SCVCA member Tom Lubich said this year's event drew about 750 people. Visitors got to see an old-fashioned working saw mill, many antique tractors and implements plus the newly crowned king and queen of the collector's club. This year's royalty is Marlyn and Marleen Jennings, who made a round at the parade in a specially decorated float.

"This was our 24th year," Tom said. "It all got started with Bob Bjerstedt giving his little brother a (50th) birthday party.

He and brother Pete invite anyone who likes or has antique tractors or implements to join the SCVCA for $15 a year. The association meets quarterly.