This weekend, Door County is host to The 28th annual Valmy Thresheree and Antique Machinery Show. If you are not familiar with Valmy it is a bit north of Sturgeon Bay on Highway 57 where Sevastopol High School is located and where all four of our kids graduated.. lucky them. Here is a piece I copied and pasted from the Door Reminder…The event started in1983 when Bernie and Shirley Geisel (cool people… I added this) asked a group of local farmers to produce a show that would bring back the old ways of farming, including working machinery.
In 1997, the club purchased 30 acres of a nearby farm, seven miles north of Sturgeon Bay. Another adjoining 10 acres were purchased the following year, and the 16th annual Thresheree was held at the new site.
The event now stretches over three days, with country music from Bobby Darren kicking off the festivities with a Friday night performance.
Saturday activities begin with a chainsaw competition at 9:30 a.m. An antique tractor pull gets underway at 11:30 and usually attracts 100 or more entries.
The Jerry Voelker Orchestra provides music for a barn dance from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and a polka mass at 5:30. The day’s festivities conclude with more country music from the Modern Day Drifters at 7:30.
Sunday worship services begin at 8:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., there is a kiddies’ tractor pull, a “Little Farmer” dress-up contest and a straw stack hunt. A barefoot (no shoes) horse pull begins at 10:30 a.m. with the Thresherman of the Year award given out at this time.
The Bittorf Brothers play music from noon-3 p.m., and the Cavalcade of Power antique machinery parade begins at 1 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. one of the weekend’s most popular attractions gets under way — the mud pig wrestling competition. Teams of four people attempt to catch a pig and place it on top of a barrel in less than one minute. Preregistration is required for participants.
Food and refreshments are served throughout the event, and a flea market draws many vendors. Each year a raffle is held; tickets can be purchased from club members.
The Thresheree takes place on the grounds at 5005 Country View Road, Valmy (nine miles north of Sturgeon Bay). Admission is $5 per day or $8 for the weekend, which includes a souvenir button. For more information, call 743-4859 or 743-5251.
Okay… I have a confession… you probably have figured it out by now… our girls have… well… maybe… pig wrestled… okay… they won… but that was three years ago!!! And now, three years later, for the third year in a row, whose daughters have a appeared on the cover of the Door Reminder??? Oh, ours of course! Not that we are like embarrassed or anything… pig wrestling is cool… right? But seriously, enough is enough and I am sure that there will be some pig wrestlers this year that should covet the Door Reminder cover… please… I am begging you… Door Reminder… pick someone else… ANYONE ELSE! I promise… I will buy an ad.
Anyway… check out the Thresheree… I promise you haven’t seen anything like it and who doesn’t love old farm machinery, a tractor ride, characters and probably the nicest bunch of people you will probably ever run in to? Did I mention ice cold beer???
PS… PETA, these pig are probably having the time of their lives…