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Mid-Lakes Thresheree

  • Manitowoc County Historical Society 924 Pinecrest Road Manitowoc, WI, 54220 United States (map)
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2018 Feature: 
John Deere Dealership - Past and Present

Experience the roots of Wisconsin’s agricultural past during two action-filled days of antique farming re-creations, hands-on demonstrations, farmhand contests, food, and much more!

The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is an interactive outdoor event which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Wisconsin rural life experiences. Whether it’s making butter in the Cheese Factory, seeing antique farm machines at work, or an exciting stroll through 25 different interactive historic structures, there’s always something exciting happening at our Thresheree. It’s home to endless discoveries about history, science, art, and nature, and the event weekend is brimming with activities you won’t want to miss!


Daily Activity

Antique Machines at Work - See antique farm equipment come to new life and learn how they work from knowledgeable volunteers

Sawmill - Watch as members of the crew operate and explain the Krueger Sawmill

Shadyside School Storytime (11:30 am, both days) - Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who! Join as we read a book about John Deere's remarkable story and color your own illustrations.

Cattle Auction (2 pm, both days) - Earn coins for doing farm chores throughout the day - Judge butter, helping with grooming calves, make your way through an obstacle course to see which cattle are the easiest to drive. Then "buy" a cow at our auction, designed in part by Mishicot FFA. When auction time comes, will you have a winning bid? You can't take our cattle home with you, but you will get a certificate of ownership, dated 1890!

Addie the Cow (Sunday only)"Addie" the Cow is a life size fiberglass milk cow that milks and moos from the Sheboygan County Dairy Promotion Association. 

Sunday Morning Church Service
Gather Sunday at 10:15 for a non-denominational church service in the historic Niles Community Church.


Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, under age 5 is free.  MCHS and MLRI Members are free. Must show Membership card.

The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is made possible with support from Madson's Service, Inc

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The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is an immersive experience unlike any other.  The event is put on in partnership between the Mid-Lakes Rustic Iron Tractor Club, a non-profit, volunteer run organization, and the Manitowoc County Historical Society, a private 501c3 non-profit museum. 

Our groups have a clear goal—to educate the public and future generations with demonstrations of vintage agriculture.

This cooperative effort brings to life Wisconsin’s rich agricultural heritage with popular displays, field demonstrations, and countless activities for visitors of all ages. 

Exhibitor Information

When you step foot on our grounds you’re more than just a guest—you’re a participant. You are a central part of our story, and we welcome your feedback. To get in touch with us, you can pick up the phone or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Exhibitors must read, sign and follow safety rules as well as any instructions given to them by MLRI members in orange safety vests. Exhibitors may begin to set-up on Friday, after 8 am.

For more exhibitor information please contact:
Steve Kress
(920) 946-0706

Earlier Event: August 19
Tram Tour
Later Event: September 13
Roots Beyond the River