For those interested in old-time harvesting and farming methods or just a good old-fashioned farm show, the 10th annual Bum Malleck Memorial Threshing will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12.
That is just 4 miles south of Indianola. It is held in conjunction with the annual Indianola Old Settlers Celebration.
The Bum Malleck show also includes a saw mill, shingle making, corn shelling with mule power, stationary baling, a horse-powered grain elevator, and other early 1900s farm machines.
Bum Malleck’s son, Griff, is the chairman of the annual event.
“We think our show is somewhat unique in that we don’t just display the equipment,” he said. “We have live demonstrations of most of the machines, and they actually do work.”
Griff said that “in addition to approximately 6-8 teams of horses and mules all working in harness, we will have a large display of working antique tractors, approximately 50 stationary engines, and at least one steam-powered tractor all belted to various pieces of machinery.”
Last year, hundreds of spectators enjoyed the demonstrations including perhaps the largest collection of 1920s era Rumley oil pull tractors in Nebraska, organizers say.
Tractors on display included the largest Rumley tractor ever made, with wheels almost 7 feet high.
New demonstrations this year include an original wooden threshing machine that has been stored inside for decades, and a broom maker who will make brooms out of straw.
Also, the Wanda Malleck Memorial Quilt show will be held, as well as self-guided tours of the refurbished 1920s-era horse and mule barn and a one-room school house complete with original desks.
The event is open to the public with no admission charge.
Show prep begins after the Old Settlers Parade on Saturday, and the show begins at noon on Sunday, Aug. 12.
There will be food and shade available.
This year’s show is sponsored by Red Willow Aviation, Red Willow Chemical, and the Janssen Auto Group.
For additional information, call (308) 340-1294 or (308) 340-6232.