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Posted on: August 29, 2014

14-057 Olmstead Place State Park hosts 32nd Annual Threshing Bee and Antique Equipment Show

Event features pioneering and antique farming equipment and activities

OLYMPIA – Aug. 29, 2014 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club invite the public to the 32nd Annual Threshing Bee and Antique Equipment Show at Olmstead Place State Park near Ellensburg.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 13 – 14 at Olmstead Place State Park, 921 North Ferguson in Ellensburg. Explore the history of the restored 1800s pioneer farm through displays, interpretive tours of the historic buildings and home, plus activities featuring antique farm equipment.

The centerpiece of the event is an antique threshing machine used to separate the edible part of cereal grain (such as wheat) from the inedible chaff surrounding it. Other activities include an antique tractor parade, display of draft horses, wagon rides, antique vendors, an antique equipment show and displays, homemade ice cream and a DJ with live music. New this year is a plowing demonstration with the park’s giant draft horses and antique horse-drawn equipment.

Threshing begins at 10 a.m. and the tractor parade starts at 1 p.m. The horse-drawn plowing will continue throughout both days.

The event is organized by the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club. The Discover Pass will not be required for vehicle access to the event; the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club is covering the access fee.

Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase at the event. Breakfast runs from 7 to 10 a.m. and is $5.50 per person. The meal includes pancakes, bacon and eggs and either juice, coffee or milk. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is $5.50 per person. The meal includes either a hamburger or a hot dog.

For more information about the threshing bee and antique equipment show, visit

For information about the draft horses please call: Richard Cameron: (509) 312-9342.

About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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