Plenty for all at the 56th Annual Gasconade County Threshers Show

With the middle of July now upon us, that usually means it’s time for the 56th annual Gasconade County Threshers Association Steam Engine and Threshing Show.

Held at the Rosebud Community Park in Rosebud, the park will be full of tractors, food and plenty of activities for all ages from Friday, July 20 until Sunday, July 22.

Events celebrating their third year as part of the festivities include the cookie-eating contest and the spark show.

The cookie-eating contest will be held at 4 p.m., on Saturday, July 21 in front of the grandstand.

A Spark Show will start at 9 p.m., on Friday and Saturday night in Rosebud weather permitting.

For the spark show, the engines are hooked up to a fan-like contraption called poney brakes to make them work. Sawdust is then tossed into the fireboxes producing a big shower of sparks.

Before a number of cookies are devoured Saturday afternoon, games involving tractors and cast-iron skillets will be contested.

Tractor games will be held on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m., also in front of the grandstand. Registration for the games will start at 4:30 p.m.

Among the games included will be a barrel race, slow race, balloon pop and corn plant.

After the tractor games conclude, a draft horse pull will start at 7 p.m., allowing area pullers and their horses to display their strength in moving a sled full of cinder blocks.

Back for another show, a cast iron skillet throwing contest for ladies only will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Saturday entertainment will include the Ozark Cloggers at 11 a.m.

Making their Thresher’s show debut will be Dixie Union out of Rolla. A bluegrass music band, Dixie Union will perform two shows at 3 p.m., and 6 p.m., on Saturday.

Following the first of two weekend parades of tractors, a tractor pull will be held Saturday down in the lower field following the parade which starts at noon in front of the grandstand.

After Dixie Union finishes their  musical entertainment at 3 p.m., enthusiasts of guitars, banjos and fiddles will get their fix.

Two hours later, the annual fiddle, banjo and guitar contest will take place at 5 p.m., in front of the grandstand.

Winners will be determined by audience applause.

Following the 6 p.m., performance by Dixie Union, a bale toss for all ages will be held at 7 p.m., in front of the grandstand.

Sunday highlights will include pedal tractor pulls for kids and adults along with a car show put on by the Gasconade (County) Timing Association (GTA).

Kicking those highlighted events off will be the adult pedal tractor pull at 10 a.m., while the car show will run from 10 a.m., until 3 p.m.

The Ozark Hens will also provide gospel and bluegrass music Sunday morning at 11 a.m.

After the conclusion of the second parade of tractors Sunday at 1:30 p.m., the kids tractor pull will begin at 3 p.m.

Demonstrations will also be presented throughout the weekend of threshing grain and sawing lumber.