Farm Horizons, Aug. 2015

Vintage farm shows coming up

By Starrla Cray

Whether or not you remember the days of threshing, blacksmith shops, and horse-drawn plows, historical farm shows are a popular attraction in Minnesota.

A few of the ones coming up in the area include:

Heatwole Threshing Show

• When: Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 (always the second full weekend in August).

• Where: The show grounds are seven miles southwest of Hutchinson.

• Details: Admission is free, but food and drinks, as well as crafts, etc, can be purchased on the grounds to offset the costs. The featured tractor this year will be International Harvester. Owners of any and all antique tractors are always encouraged to participate.

• Contact:

• Website:

Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show

• When: Friday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30

• Where: Six miles east of Le Sueur

• Details: The Pioneer Power Show began in 1975, and attracts about 25,000 spectators per year. Event includes live demonstrations of threshing, lumber sawing, wool spinning, rug weaving, quilting, and more.

• Contact: Tom Graham at (507) 248-3515

• Website:

Atwater Threshing Days

• When: Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13

• Where: The show grounds are located one mile east of Atwater on US Highway 12, then 1/4 mile south on Kandi-Meeker Road. The street address is 1100 Kandi-Meeker Road, Atwater, MN 56209.

• Details: The show features diversified farming during the early 1900s along with related activities. Exhibitors in all areas are welcome.

• Contact: Adam Bosch at (320) 382-6184 or

• Website:

Albany Pioneer Days Threshing Show

When: Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Sept. 20

Where: 1-94 to Albany exit 147, Hwy 238 north 1 mile; follow signs.

Details: The 40th annual Stearns County Pioneer Club’s 40th annual Albany Pioneer Days Threshing Show will feature Allis-Chalmers and Massey Harris-Ferguson tractors and equipment. The show also includes threshing demonstrations, an operating print shop, a model railroad museum, a lumber mill operation, rope making, and more. Admission is $10 per day, $18 per season pass. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Pets must be on a leash.

Contact: Lee Mortenson at (320) 393-2542 or


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