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Sturgis Threshing Bee


The Black Hills Steam and Gas Threshing Bee is a great place to see some old machines at work.  Giant Engines like the 100 ton, 750 horse power Corliss Engine that was moved from Hill City.  To little engines that run washing machines.  And, hundreds of antique tractors and steam engines.


The Threshing Bee is held the third weekend in August each year with activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  There are parades, tractor pulls and many historic displays.  There is a train for the kids and at least two different places serving food.  There is also a shingle mill and a saw mill in operation.  And, of course the thresher runs periodically.

The show is held East of Sturgis on Hereford Road about 1/2 mile past the airport (or about 1 mile past the Buffalo Chip).

If you have any interest in old farm machinery be sure to include this in your late summer plans.

Here is a video of some of the stationary steam engines.


Visit the Western Dakota Antique Club website for more information.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs.  Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

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  • Donald Smith July 19, 2018, 11:14 pm

    Love seeing these vintage engines still working. I’ve been an enthusiast of these vintage engines for a long time as my grandfather had a hit and miss engine on his cement mixer when I was a boy. A friend of mine and I are into the hit and miss engines, and will have some on display at the Central States Fair from the Grimm family’s collection. The engines will be located near the red barn at the fair.

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