Celebrations in Makoti
Makoti celebrates 109 years, Threshers 60 years
MAKOTI – “Makoti’s threshing bee will be a little different than ever before,” Hunter Andes, a director with the Makoti Threshers Association, said. “We have moved our show date from September to the second weekend in July, which is Makoti’s birthday.”
The threshing show and city’s anniversary will be held Friday-Sunday, July 10-12. Friday will be a soft opening for the show. Saturday and Sunday will have a giant parade and other activities.
Andes said there are many shows in not only North Dakota, but the states and provinces around us, so finding an open weekend was a little tricky.
“At last year’s annual meeting, I presented the idea to the members after doing tons of research, and the members approved changing the date,” Andes said. “I did my best to make sure Makoti’s show wouldn’t collide with any other majors shows because we need to draw in not only spectators and local volunteers, but the passionate and skilled volunteers who come from long distances. And it was just pure luck the only open weekend I found was Makoti’s birthday.”
Andes explained how there’s many people who are willing to travel long distances to come and volunteer, and that he’s one of them. He said he goes to half a dozen shows himself across North Dakota, Manitoba and Saskatchewan during a normal year.
“I guess you could call me, and the many others out there ‘Thresher-Rats,'” Andes said with a laugh. “‘Thresher-Rats’ don’t want to miss a good threshing bee just like ‘Lake-Rats’ don’t want to miss a weekend at the lake.”
He said the goal in moving Makoti’s threshing bee to summer was to attract more of these skilled volunteers.
“When the number of those Thresher-Rats in attendance goes up, soon too will the spectators,” Andes said. “This is because the show will have more to offer, and when there’s more to offer, there’s more for the spectators to do, which will result in higher attendance. Higher attendance results in community confidence and higher profit, and that will result in capital improvements and more to offer.”