Harvey's Day at the Rose City Threshing Festival

1 , 3, and 6 HP Fairbanks Morse Z engines'

Harvey Danielson's 1 , 3, and 6 HP Fairbanks Morse Z engines.

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17690 County Road 66 N.E. Miltona, Minnesota 56354

The Rose City Festival was held on August 14 and 15, 1993 on the Harvey Danielson farm, 1 miles west of Rose City, Minnesota. We have 4,000 to 5,000 in attendance. It's a small farm show with nice horses working, tractors, gas engines, steam threshing and so on. We have children's games, parade, activity for the women and Sunday morning church service. Beautifully kept grounds and free primitive camp grounds add to the enjoyment.

Here's how my day at the last show went.

About seven o'clock, I'm headed down for the Thresherman's Breakfast. It's always fun to have breakfast with old friends and tell and hear a few stories of the 'good old days.'

After breakfast, I go out and gas and oil up some of my gas engines. Then I go to check on the well driller and horse baler.

Soon there are a lot of people around, so I head back down to my gas engines. They ask me, 'What are they used for?' I start a few of them up and explain how they run. I then remember I have to go to the pump on the hill to start water for the horses and steamer. Next, I must get straw for the horse baler.

Run back to the gas engines to check them, and start the one in the barn, on the line shaft. Now, someone comes and wants gas for their tractor and then someone else wants to use a tractor.

'Harvey, we want some wood for the steam engine. Where do we get it?' I no more than get the wood, when an old buddy comes up and says, 'Where have you been? I've been looking all over for you.'

I remember I have to get back to get some gas for that tractor. No sooner than that is done when I hear, 'Harvey, you are wanted on the telephone.' On the way back from the phone, someone stops me and says, 'Do you know who I am?' I stand there and try to guess, while the grandchildren tug on me and want to go and look at the pony.

On the way back from the petting barn, I go to my engines and they have all stopped dead.

I guess I will go and have some lunch and sit down!

I wonder if I'll be this busy at our 1994 show. Come and see me on August 13 and 14 and find out!