The 29th annual Threshing Bee and Antique Equipment Show will completely take over Olmstead Place State Park - four miles east of Ellensburg - Saturday and Sunday as it showcases old-time tractors, farm implements and equipment and features plenty for families to see and do.

Parking is free at the state park that's off North Ferguson Road, which is accessed from Kittitas Highway. Also, the state's Discovery Pass is not required to come to the park this weekend.

Admission is a donation of $1 per person. Those exhibiting equipment or vehicles, senior citizens, and children under 15 years of age get in free.

The event, which starts at 7 a.m. each day with breakfast at the park by the Rodeo City Kiwanis Club, continues to be a popular one sponsored by the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club.

Co-sponsors are the Kittitas County Historical Society and Super 1 Foods.

The sixth annual Tractor Run from the mouth of the Yakima River Canyon near Selah to the park east of Ellensburg also is planned for Saturday. Tractor owners, members of the Central Washington Antique Farm Equipment Club from the Lower Yakima Valley, will drive their old tractors at 8 to 10 mph on the 35-mile route to the park starting around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. They'll start arriving around noon.

The tractor club participants will stay the day on Saturday at the park and leave in the afternoon for the trip back to the starting point near Selah.

Featured at the show this year are tractors made by International/Farmall.


29th annual Threshing Bee and Antique Equipment Show

When: Starts 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with most activities between 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Olmstead Place State Park, end of North Ferguson Road off Kittitas Highway, east of Ellensburg

Admission: $1 donation; equipment exhibitors, senior citizens, children under 15 years old are free. Each ticket goes toward a raffle for $300 Super 1 Foods shopping spree and other prizes.

Activities: Family activities both days include home-made ice cream making and serving (around noon each day); Balloon Man Hugh Wilder; corn and wheat grinding into food-grade meal and flour twice each day, after 9 a.m. and after 1:30 p.m.

Favors: Ice cream and bags of on-site ground flour and corn meal are offered free with a suggested donation to the nonprofit Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club.

Information: Call 962-2222 or 968-3094.

Parking: Free (including for RVs but no hookups)


On both days

7-10 a.m.: Breakfast by Rodeo City Kiwanis Club

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Free tractor-drawn wagon rides each day to and from both ends of the park

Flea market of antique items and equipment and swap meet each day

9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Free guided tours of the historic Olmstead cabin and farm house

10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Grain threshing

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: lunch by 4-H Leaders Council; both at a reasonable price.

1 p.m.: Parade of old-time farming equipment

All day: Free guided tours of the historic Olmstead cabin and farm house.

Antique tractors on display.

Displays of Pelton wheels (water turbines), steam engines, antique washing machines, old gas and diesel engines, and restored antique farm machinery and vehicles.

Demonstrations of old-time spinning wheels making yarn, wood processing (cutting) with old-time engine, grain grinding and soap making.

The Ellensburg Lions Club will present Chicken Poop Bingo as a club fundraiser.


Noon: Tractor convoy arrives from Yakima County. Convoy of leaves in the afternoon.


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