The annual Frobisher Threshermen’s Day continues to be a celebration of the farming history in the area, but it is much more than just an agriculture-themed event.
A large crowd, including many people from outside the village, gathered in the community on Sunday for the festivities. They watched dozens of old tractors pass through the village’s streets, witnessed a demonstration of old-fashioned threshing techniques and enjoyed numerous other activities.
Fran Folkerts, who is a volunteer for the committee, was pleased with the different activities that were offered.
The parade was once again a popular attraction.
“There was plenty of old machinery, so it was good,” she said. “Some people brought in horses this year.”
The threshing went over well, as people enjoyed watching volunteers use the machinery. Threshing was used to loosen the edible part of grain (or other crop) from the chaff to which it is attached
The demonstration is one of the annual highlights of the weekend.
A supper was held for the first time in years, which attracted about 90 people. Live music was provided by a group from Oxbow.
The resurrected Frobisher Volunteer Fire Department operated the beer garden.
Other highlights from the day included a pancake breakfast, a trade show, a karate demonstration, a bouncy castle and food booths. A rock climbing wall was brought in by the Estevan Bible Camp, and Curbside Games and Laser Tag was at the reunion for the first time, bringing activities for kids.
Folkerts said a lot of work goes into the event each year. They’ll meet in September to reflect on this year’s festivities, and they’ll decide what they’re going to try to book for next year.
The thresherman’s is also a great showcase of the villages, since people come from many communities in the region.
“It was ideal weather. It wasn’t really hot. We always really hope that we don’t get a rain that day, because most of the activities are outdoors.”
While the threshing day is finished, the committee has not wrapped up their activities. For the third straight year, they are operating a corn maze south of the village. People will stop at the Refresh Convenience Store before entering the maze, pay the admission fee and then venture in.
“I think they’ve had quite a few go through,” she said.
Folkerts said the maze will likely remain open for a few more weeks.