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Picture of the Week

August 25, 2010
Dufur wheat harest with horses.

How do you turn a horse-drawn 'header,' or early combine when you reach the edge of the wheat field? You split the teams, and turn on a dime. Pictured here at the Dufur Threshing Bee. Copyright Mark B. Gibson The Dalles Chronicle

I’m actually on vacation, again, and am posting this from The Dalles Wasco County Public Library. As a daily newspaper photographer, posting once a week is more a question of which photo to choose then trying to find “something” to post. This past week the car cruise overlapped the Dufur Threshing Bee, which overlapped with the Wasco County Fair which overlapped with a half dozen major fires south of the fairgrounds, all started from a fast moving lightning storm.

I would likely have picked the fire photos, but I don’t have copies just now. The fair, too, I didn’t bring home. So I pulled something out of the Threshing Bee. It is one of my favorite events of the year, an annual display of how horses, Model T Fords and some fascinating machines were once used to harvest and thresh the many acres of wheat in the hills above Dufur. It is living history, and never a dull moment.

Now its back to vacation: Digging potatoes, cleaning house, maybe throwing the canoe up on the Jeep…

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  1. August 30, 2010 20:53

    I really like this photo–it has such a feel of “old world” about it. I didn’t know about the Dufur threshing bee–that sounds like a LOT of fun. I’d like to visit when that is going on.

    Hope the fires are far from you and yours. It is raining this morning–perhaps this will take all the smoke out of the air which has been plaguing my nostrils.

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