Ron Bouressa (l) and Barry Gades (r) with the Donnelly Threshing Bee. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The 54th Annual Donnelly Threshing Bee will kick off tonight with a Community Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Threshing Bee Grounds, with grilling by the West Central Cattlemen’s Association. A button is required for admission. On the KMRS Community Connection, Threshing Bee board member Barry Gades said this year’s Bee will feature all makes and models of small gas engines.

“If you think back in history, the small engines did just as much stuff as any of the old tractors,” said Gades. “‘Cause the housewife had the Maytag engine to wash clothes, farmer used it for pumping water. Everything that was small and had to be done around it == farming mills, corn grinding — anything that was done in the farmstead, he used a stationary gas engine.”

Tomorrow’s events at the Threshing Bee include a pancake breakfast, softball and beanbag tournaments, a 5K Charity Fun Run, a Tractorcade, Kiddie Parade and Kiddie Tractor Pull, the 7 p.m. Coronation of Threshing Bee royalty on the Depot Stage, and the Pure Country Band performing from both 6 to 7 p.m. and also from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

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