‘Embracing Our Heritage’ will be theme of Goessel Threshing Days

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ALEEN RATZLAFF
Folks in Goessel are gearing up for the town’s 32nd annual Threshing Days, slated for Aug. 5, 6 and 7. Events will center on this year’s theme, “Embracing Our Heritage.”

An annual feature throughout the weekend are the steam engine and garden tractors. A variety of activities and events for all ages are being readied for the weekend.

At 7 p.m. Friday, the Wilbert Bartel family will perform “Farma Broon,” a Low German program.

Saturday begins at 10 a.m. with the parade on Main Street, followed later by the children’s pedal tractor pull at 1 p.m.

Included in the list of afternoon entertainment under the big tent are the Kansas Prairie Strings, banjo playing by Jonathan Goering, bluegrass music by Hadley & Friends and storytelling by John Hybsha.

Threshing Day visitors can also take wagon rides and attend plowing and other demonstrations that use horses.

Saturday evening’s entertainment at 7 will feature Ken Rodgers.

On Sunday, the day begins with worship at 10:30 a.m. under the big tent and all of the same demonstrations as Saturday. At 2 p.m., there will be an antique tractor pull.

For a small admission fee, visitors will have access to the Mennonite Heritage Museum complex and all festival events.

For more information, call the Mennonite Heritage Museum at 620-367-8200 or the city office at 620-367-8111.

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