Ramona, South Dakota 57054.
Things are tucked away at Prairie Village after one of the best summers, and one of the biggest shows in our ten years of threshing shows.
In Miniature Land we had the biggest displays of models ever exhibited. We had two model sawmills. Lindy Lindemann of Dawson, Minnesota had his miniature mill and steam engine making lots of sawdust. Wendell Turner of Oakland, Iowa had his model sawmill and model Case steamer sawing small logs and having a lot of fun. By the way, he was voted the Best of the Show for the third year.
We had lots of nice model steamers and some hot-air engines.
Garret Havelaar from Hudson, South Dakota did a lot of threshing with his model Avery thresher and his model of a 15-30 McCormick Deering. You have a beautiful model, Garret.
Emil Jacobs of Smith Center, Kansas had his fine model Case steamer threshing outfit doing a nice job of threshing. This is another very fine model.
The fellows with the gas engines had a very big showing. They were up in a new area--out of the dust and in the shade of the trees. There were engines from five states. Dick Geyer of DeSmet, South Dakota had one of the biggest Stickney engines ever made, and one of the last of its size known in existence. There were too many other nice ones to name.
Down in the tractor area, we had the usual line of nice gas and steam tractors running--threshing and plowing and sawing lumber.
The Sunday parade was one of the biggest ever. Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Bates of Waubay, South Dakota led off on their beautiful black horses, followed by Don Prestbo on his 25-50 Avery, followed by all sizes of gas and steam tractors, antique cars and trucks--riding horses and draft horses bringing up the rear. As if to see that the rest made it was A. D. McCracken's Nichols-Shepard 16-60 Steamer.
25-50 Avery belonging to Don Prestbo of Baltic, South Dakota.
An added feature of this year's show was a Flea Market and a display of rocks and minerals by the Gem and Mineral Society of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Many other exhibits were on the grounds this year and we hope to have more new ones next year.
Church service was held Sunday morning, as it has been held every Sunday morning through the summer in the Prairie Village Church.
School was held Friday and Saturday in the restored school house.
As usual, there was a line of people waiting to see the interior of the sod house.
Many people visited the log house, the claim shanty, bank and other restored buildings on the Prairie Village grounds.
Work has started to make next year a better year at Prairie Village and to make next year's show the best yet. Hope to see you then.
By Richard Geyer, DeSmet, South Dakota 57231.
Pioneer Acres Gas & Steam Show, De Smet, South Dakota drew visitors from 27 States and England.
The earlier date proved successful and many requested an early show date next year which will be the 23rd and 24th of June.
The weather was beautiful and many went home with goodies from the large flea market.
The engine grounds were covered with engines from ? HP to 20 HP and 125 units were represented in the parade.
Many, many thanks to all and hope to see you next year.
Model threshing outfit--15-30 McCormick Deering engine and Avery threshing machine. Owned and built by Garret Havelaar of Hudson, South Dakota. Photo by Joyce Davis, Madison, South Dakota