Locals Take A Trip Back in Time for 43rd Annual Threshing Bee
The town of Pierce in northeast Nebraska became a living museum over the weekend for an event that is both unique, educational and everything in-between.
Farmers, families and locals came to the Pierce County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday for the 43rd Annual Pierce Threshing Bee.
Before farmers had combines and other modernized harvesting equipment, there were threshing machines, which were used to harvest grains or kernels from the stalks or stems of crops.
When harvest season came, farmers in the community would pitch in their labor and equipment to thresh their crops before the season ended, which is where the idea for a Threshing Bee came along.
Before the Bee, a local farmer will cut their crop, store it and then bring it to the show to be threshed.
Because some of the machines featured at the Bee are over a century old, younger generations may have never seen them or know anything about them, which is another reason why events like the Pierce Threshing Bee are held.
"The reason I really like to work in it is because we do so much for children," Marilyn Meier, Secretary of the Threshing Bee, said. "We want to educate them, and we also want to make it a lot of fun for them."
Both Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of people found themselves learning about threshing, machinery and stories from the past.
At the end of the Threshing Bee, some of the proceeds earned will go toward the Pierce Future Farmers of America groups and other local organizations.