A STEP BACK IN TIME & slice of country life

Dufur Threshing Bee

August 13 – 14, 2022: Vintage Dufur Days meets Wheat Harvest Festival

The infamous Threshing Bee is back!

Join us the second weekend in August when the quaint town of Dufur celebrates its roots in Oregon agriculture. The Threshing Bee is a vibrant, two day annual harvest fest unlike any other, culminating in a breathtaking display of living history. Peruse artisan booths, explore the town's one room schoolhouse, catch a whimsical tractor parade, eat fantastic food, and a whole lot more. The showstopper: among the rolling hills of the East Columbia Gorge, witness a wheat harvest done the old-fashioned way: drawn by teams of beautiful work horses.

Threshing Bee Steak Dinner at the Balch

A perfect ending to a perfect day, kick back on the shady grounds of the historic Balch Hotel for a rustic and hearty steak barbeque from Chef Sean Glennon, along with good music, beautiful mountain views, and the company of great people. 

When: Saturday, August 13th: 4 to 7 pm

Pre-Order: SOLD OUT

Tentative Schedule of Events

Watch the Dufur Farmers Tractor Parade that winds through Main Street. Visit the artisan, craft and food booths, quilt show, petting zoo, and 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.

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!

Dufur Threshing Bee, Historic Balch Hotel

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!

Motorcycling Shears Bridge Hwy, Maupin OR

TRISTAN TODD, 5/5 GOOGLE REVIEW – 2021

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