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Mid-Lakes Thresheree

  • Manitowoc County Historical Society 924 Pinecrest Road Manitowoc, WI, 54220 United States (map)

Feel the ground shake with the roar of antique power!

2020 Feature: 
Allis Chalmers / Rumley & Equipment

Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13, 2020; from 10 am to 4 pm

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 stretching fresh mozzarella 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!

Field to Fork Activity Series

Field to Fork Activity Series

Timed Activity

Sawmill narrated discussion at 1 pm.

Farm Auction (2 pm, both days, outside the Town Hall) - Earn coins for doing farm chores throughout the day. Then "buy" a farm animal at our auction. When auction time comes, will you have a winning bid? You can't take our farm animals home with you, but you will get a certificate of ownership, dated 1900!

Corn husker narrated discussion at 2:30 pm

Field To Fork – Get your hands dirty and follow the path from harvest to bread (and butter).
Bindering demonstration at 11 am outside the Niles Church (approx. 30 minutes).
Threshing machine/steam demonstration at 12:30 near the threshing machines (approx. 45minutes).
Grinding wheat at the General Store throughout the day.
Making bread throughout the day at the Sorenson House.
Making butter throughout the day at the Cheese Factory.

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

Threshing Demonstration

Threshing Demonstration

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 a sawmill

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Submit Your Farm Picture

Share your family’s old or new farm picture to be included in a digital display during the Mid-Lakes Thresheree weekend!

Photos should be submitted in jpg format and include the farm name, location, and no more than 50 words about the family or farm. Images should be emailed to with the subject line “Farm Photo”.

By submitting material to us, you grant MCHS, its affiliates, and partners use of the material for the Mid-Lakes Thresheree 2019, including the right to use your name and city/state in connection with any such use. We reserve the right to modify, reproduce and distribute your material.


Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 4 to 17, under age 4 is free.  MCHS and MLRI Members are free. Must show Membership card.

The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is made possible with support from:

Bank First National

Country Visions

CP Feeds

Madson’s Service—St. Nazianz, WI

Manitowoc Disposal

Thompson Machinery

Verve, A Credit Union

Presented in partnership with


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 and Swap Meet Information

Exhibitors may begin to set-up on Friday, September 11 after 8 am. Exhibitors will need to register on site. Exhibitors are encouraged to be active participants in the Mid-Lakes Thresheree with their equipment. For more information please contact Steve Kress at
(920) 946-0706 or

Vendors are invited to show their farm related equipment, parts, and related antiques in a
designated area for a fee. Advanced registration is required. For more information on the swap meet, please contact: Mark Griesbach at (920) 726-4772—call before  1 p.m. or leave message.

Join in the Exhibitor's Breakfast, starting at 8 am both days at the Nenning Dance Pavilion.



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Buffalo Bill Wild West Show
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