A small town treat

Dufur Threshing Bee

Take a step back in time and experience a slice of country life.

A weekend wheat harvest, done the old-fashioned way: with teams of horses and men. The Threshing Bee Festival is back!

Join us the second weekend in August when our quaint town of Dufur–perched on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge, just 13 miles south of The Dalles–shows off its roots in Oregon agriculture.

Put aside your electronic devices for this hands-on opportunity to reconnect with a slower paced life.

On Saturday, start with a country breakfast served at long picnic tables at the Dufur City Park.

Then watch the Dufur Farmers Tractor Parade that winds through Main Street.

Visit the artisan, craft and food booths, quilt show, and petting zoo. There’s even town-wide yard sales.

Wander over to the Dufur Historical Society Museum to tour the old one room schoolhouse, log cabin, cookhouse, and blacksmith shop.

Watch a Tractor Pull Competition and visit old steam engines.

Converge on the Threshing Bee Grounds as local farmers and teams of horses harvest and thresh the locally grown wheat.

For Dinner, gather on the shady grounds of the historic Balch Hotel for a rustic steak barbeque and music. (Advanced ticket purchase required.)

On Sunday, Dufur hosts an annual classic car show with antique & refurbished autos from the 30's-70’s, at the City Park.


Tentative Schedule of Events:

Saturday

6 a.m. - 9 a.m. Ramsey Park Grange Country Breakfast: Dufur City Park, Hogan's Alley

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dufur Historical Society Museum Tours: Main Street

  • Quilt Show
  • Schreiber Cabin
  • Endersby Schoolhouse           
  • Metzentine Building Exhibits      
  • Horse Drawn Farm Equipment
  • Blacksmith Shop

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Threshing Bee Festival Grounds Open: Main Street across from Museum

  • Petting Zoo
  • Artists Booths
  • Food Booths
  • Steam Engine Display

10 a.m. Tractor Parade: Mainstreet Dufur

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Field Demonstrations: Threshing Bee Festival Grounds

  • Harvesting, Threshing, and more

2 p.m.  Tractor Pull – Threshing Bee Festival Grounds

4-7 p.m. Steak Barbeque in the shade of the Balch Hotel lawn. Tickets available here.

Sunday

8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Vintage Car Show at the Dufur City Park

The Dufur Threshing Bee is sponsored by the Dufur Historical Society.

Located in Wasco County, Dufur, Oregon offers grand vistas, great outdoor recreation, and a glimpse into another era. Dryland wheat farming began over 175 years ago when white emigrants arrived off the Oregon Trail. 

For updated information find us on Facebook HERE 

Or call Nancy Gibson, Museum Director at 541-993-3429.

OUR REVIEWS

What guests are saying:

I visited the Balch Hotel hoping for a peaceful, serene personal retreat — and that's exactly what I got! It's a beautiful property with minimal distractions. The staff is lovely and the rooms are very clean and well-appointed. I think it would also be a terrific stopover for folks adventuring in the gorge. I will be back for sure!

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QUINN READ, 5/5 GOOGLE REVIEW – 2021

Tranquil, attentive, unique. This is an absolutely beautiful property in one of the prettiest parts of Oregon. There is so much cool history in this part of Oregon. During my recent stay, I loved: amazing cuisine, beautiful garden, comfy room, excellent service, and decent value. Not only is the Balch a good stopping point during a journey, it is also a very cool destination. If you're looking for a super chill place to hide out, you'll enjoy everything that the Balch has to offer. If you are on a motorcycle or bicycle – you MUST visit at least once!

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