The Teton Antique Steam & Gas Threshing Association (TASGA) will be hosting their annual Threshing Bee this weekend at the TASGA grounds in Choteau.
This will be the 34th year for the event.
A lot has changed at the TASGA site since last year’s event. Earlier this year, the club moved the building that had served as the first building for the Catholic Church and Assembly of God Church in Fairfield. The building was moved to Fairfield from Collins.
Now the building, called the “TASGA Community Church” is available for weddings and other events. On August 26, TASGA members Rick and Sandy Corey put the church to use as the venue for their wedding.
Also new this year is a “newspaper and print shop,” based in an old home that was moved to the TASGA site. The building has received a coat of paint and a double-door was added to make it easy to move the antique printing equipment in. The front room will eventually be outfitted like an editor’s office, complete with a roll-top desk. The back room will contain the Linotype and letterpress, both donated years ago by the Acantha in Choteau.
This year, the Choteau Knights of Columbus will serve a pancake breakfast from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. The breakfast is “all you can eat,” so you will be sure to get your money’s worth.
This year will mark the return of the Dutch Oven Buffet. Working with Jesse and Rose Crawford, former owners of the Elk Country Grill in Choteau, TASGA will host the buffet starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds from the buffet, which costs $12.00 per plate, will be split between the Old Trail Museum and TASGA.
For those who have a sweet tooth for popcorn, fresh kettle korn will be served up both days.
This year also marks the return of a blacksmith to operate the blacksmith shop over the weekend. Jerry Coburn will be offering demonstrations of the old-time shop.
Fiddle players will “rosin’ up their bow” and play on Saturday, starting at 10:00 a.m. On Sunday, starting at 9:00 a.m., accordion players will fill the fields with music.
At 1:00 p.m. both days, the TASGA folks will crank up the old-time threshing machine, always a crowd pleaser. At 3:00 p.m. each day there will be the always impressive Parade of Tractors.
Sunday, at 9:00 a.m., TASGA will offer a Sunday church service in their community church.
Other attractions are the one-room schoolhouse, a variety of steam engines, homestead house, swap meet, stationary engines, sawmilling and planing and shingle milling.
Raffle tickets will be available, offering a handmade rocking chair, handmade toy train, 1/16 scale Case tractor and a handmade hall bench.
And if you have a talent for music, you can always count on a jam session in the old train depot – when the featured musicians aren’t playing.
Admission to the event is $8.00 for both days, or $25 for the entire family.