Thresher Reunion hits Blyth this weekend - Sept. 7, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
The annual reunion of the Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association is once again approaching fast.
Starting next Friday, the event will see steam, music and antique tractor afficionados as well as those interested in any of the other numerous activities at the event descend on the Blyth Campground.
The festivities start on Sept. 9 when the gates open at 8 a.m. By 9 a.m., the display areas, craft shops, outside vendors and working displays will be open.
The grand opening ceremony will start at 12:30 p.m. at the main stage just inside the main gate to the grounds beside the Blyth and District Community Centre.
Points of interest in the schedule for Friday include an antique potato digging presentation at 10 a.m., the fun tractor pull at 1 p.m., a threshing demonstration at 1:15 p.m. and the daily parade at 4 p.m.
The Country Versatiles will headline a dance at the community centre from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, a firefighters’ pancake breakfast starts the day at 7:30 a.m. at the Emergency Services Training Centre on County Road 25 hosted by the Fire Department of North Huron. The gates to the campground will open at 8 a.m.
Several activities, including working displays, crafts and the parade will be repeated on Saturday.
The fiddle competition, at Shed 3, starts at 12:30 p.m. Following shortly after, the children’s pedal tractor pull and children’s garden and lawn tractor rodeo both start at 1 p.m. The dance on Saturday night is headlined by the Country Classics Band.
Sunday starts with another pancake breakfast at the ESTC at 7:30 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. again and the annual church service is set to start at Shed 3 at 9:30 a.m.
At 12:30 p.m., the step-dancing competition takes the stage at Shed 3 .
Following the daily parade at 4 p.m., the Blyth Lions Club host a pork chop supper at Lions Park. The dinner is for advance ticket-holders only.
Association President Peter Hendriks said he is looking forward to a regular, well-attended show and said that several new additions to the ground will give visitors something new to see.
Hendriks said the new veranda around the log cabin is exciting as is an antique mid-1800s printing press that will be part of the working displays.
For more information, watch for The Citizen’s special Huron Pioneer Thresher and Hobby Association reunion section included with next week’s issue or visit blythsteamshow.on.ca.