Olmstead Place State Park hosts annual threshing bee

Olmstead Place State Park near Ellensburg will again serve as host for the 32nd annual Threshing Bee and Antique Equipment Show this weekend.

The event will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 14 at the park, 921 North Ferguson, Ellensburg.

Visitors will have the chance to get a sense of the history of the restored 1800s pioneer farm through displays, interpretive tours of the historic buildings and home, plus activities featuring antique farm equipment.

One of the highlights of the event is watching an antique threshing machine in operation. The thresher was used to separate the edible part of cereal grain, such as wheat, from the inedible chaff surrounding it.

Other activities include an antique tractor parade, draft horse displays, wagon rides, antique vendors, an antique equipment show and displays, homemade ice cream and music. New to the event this year is a plowing demonstration featuring the park’s draft horses and antique horse-drawn equipment.

Threshing begins at 10 a.m. and the tractor parade starts at 1 p.m. The horse-drawn plowing will continue throughout both days.

The event is organized by the Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club. A Discover Pass will not be needed for vehicle access to the event; the club is paying the access fee.

Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase at the event. Breakfast runs from 7-10 a.m., costs $5.50 per person, and includes pancakes, bacon, eggs and either juice, coffee or milk. Lunch, also $5.50, will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The meal includes either a hamburger or a hot dog.

For more information about the threshing bee and antique equipment show, visit kveic.org.

Seminary building

Management options for the Saint Edward State Park Seminary building will be presented at a public meeting Wednesday.

The meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Northshore Utility District Building, 6830 NE 185th St., Kenmore.

Staff from Washington State Parks will present options for the future of the 80,000 square-foot building, which has been in disrepair for nearly four decades. There have been previous proposals and planning efforts, but they did not come to fruition because they were too expensive or were not viable for other reasons. Last year, the State Parks and Recreation Commission approved a resolution to seek private or public partnerships to explore funding possibilities.

At the meeting, the public will have an opportunity to comment on the options. Staff recommendations and public input will be presented to the commission at its meeting on Sept. 18 in Ilwaco.

For more information about Wednesday’s meeting, contact Michael Hankinson, State Parks planner, at 360-902-8671 or michael.hankinson@parks.wa.gov.

Saint Edward State Park is a 316-acre day-use park with 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on Lake Washington. The former Catholic seminary is a popular location for special events, weddings and picnics. The park also features a tract of undeveloped second-growth forest along the lake and wide-open expanses of lawn and sports fields. The seminary was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

More information about the park is at parks.wa.gov/577/Saint-Edward.