News Release 12-085
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Maurya Broadsword, (509) 925-1943 Olmstead.Place@parks.wa.gov
Hilary Schult, (360) 902-8604 Hilary.Schult@parks.wa.gov
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Explore pioneer farming history at Olmstead Place State Park
Aug. 27, 2012 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to the 30th annual Threshing Bee and Antique Equipment Show at Olmstead Place State Park in Kittitas County.
The event runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 at Olmstead Place State Park, 921 North Ferguson Road in Ellensburg. Explore the history of the restored 1800s pioneer farm through displays and activities featuring antique farming equipment. The event features a threshing bee using antique farm equipment, an antique tractor parade, wagon rides, antique vendors, an antique equipment show and displays, homemade ice cream and a DJ with live music. Threshing begins at 10 a.m. and the tractor parade starts at 1 p.m. The Discover Pass is not required for vehicle access to the event; the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club has covered the access fee for attendees as part of the event contract lease.
Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase at the event. Breakfast runs from 7 to 10 a.m. and is $5.50 per person. The meal includes pancakes, bacon and eggs and either juice, coffee or milk. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is $5.50 per person. The meal includes either a hamburger or a hot dog.
The event is organized by the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club. For more information about the threshing bee and antique equipment show or the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club, visit www.kveic.org.
Olmstead Place State Park is a 217-acre day-use park. The park features a working pioneer farm, situated around of one of the first homesteads in Kittitas County. The Olmstead family arrived in 1875 and lived on the farm for about 100 years before donating it to Washington State Parks in 1968. Pioneer artifacts are plentiful in the park, and many can be seen in action in the work of maintaining the farm. The original 1875 log cabin and 1908 farmhouse (with the family’s furnishings intact) are still standing. Picnic space and walking trails interweave with interpretive activities.
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