Director Stearns County Pioneer Club 35747 County Road 10 Albany, MN 56307
The Albany Pioneer Days Threshing Show offers something for everyone. There is a big variety of activities going on all three days of the show.
Several stationary and traction steam engines take turns running the club sawmill and steam power is also used to run the wing feeder separator as club members pitch bundles out of the stacks.
The club's huge Witherill Corliss steam engine with its 16 foot flywheel now has a new 42 x 120 foot building over it to shelter it from the elements.
Gas tractors and gas engines make up an important part of our show. There are over 200 tractors including names like Minneapolis, Twin City, Flour City, A very, Hart Parr, Townsend, Case, Aultman Taylor, Wisconsin, Happy Farmer, a collection of 18 different sized Rumely Oil Pulls, John Deeres, Internationals and the list goes on and on. Most of the tractors run in the 1:30 parade on Saturday and Sunday of the show.
Our gas engine department draws exhibitors from near and far who display 300-400 engines each year. The engines do a lot of sawing, shelling, grinding, etc. The club really appreciates seeing all of these exhibitors from across the country with their nicely restored engines coming back year after year.
In the area of horse power we have a number of things going on. We are also fortunate to have a club member with a team of oxen. This team powers a sweep that grinds and shells corn.
Wind power is provided by a steel Aermotor windmill and a 101-year-old all wood Holladay Standard Mill built by the U.S. Wind Engine and Pump Company of Batavia, Illinois.
Water power is demonstrated by an overshot water wheel and mill building. The exhibit was built by one of the club members and his family in 1986. This water wheel powers several engines in the mill that do shelling, grading, and grinding. Bird seed is ground and mixed in the mill.
I've talked about the many different kinds of power that you can see at Albany Pioneer Days but we can't forget the most important one- 'people power.' The 250 plus members, the many exhibitors, helpers, and friends who pitch in each year to help make the show a success are the most important power of any show. We also thank all the visitors who come to see our show each year and invite them to join us every year on the second weekend after Labor Day in September.