An Ideal Late Summer Vacation In Mid-Minnesota

By Staff
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Two of the over 18 different sizes of Rumely OilPull tractors on display at Albany Pioneer Days.
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30-60 Mogul, one of the many IHC tractors on display at Albany showgrounds.

35747 Co. Rd. 10 Albany, Minnesota 56307

Can you think of any better way to spend two and one-half weeks
than attending three of the finest threshing shows in the Midwest?
The cool (60-70 degrees) September weather is hard to beat.

Start your trip on Labor Day weekend (September 4-7), at Rollag,
Minnesota, home of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion.
WMSTR is planning a super show this year with a Case Expo. The J.
I. Case line of steam engines, antique tractors, cars and lots of
farm equipment will be featured this year. You’ll be able to
see several of the magnificent, huge 110 HP Case steam engines plus
many one of a kind Case tractors and other farm equipment. No doubt
about it, you’ll be busy for days looking at all the different
exhibits on Steamer Hill.

After you’ve taken in all the excitement at the Rollag show,
you can head west on I-94 and in less than one hour you’ll be
heading into the Fargo-Moor-head area. Here you can easily spend a
couple of days shopping or going to museums and just enjoying the
Red River Valley area.

Now it’s time to head East on I-94 for a two-hour drive to
Dalton, to take in their steam show which goes on September 11-13.
Dalton, ‘Home of the Giants,’ is noted for its many steam
engines of all different makes and sizes as well as many other
interesting activities.

After that show you can spend a few relaxing days in the Fergus
Falls and Alexandria area, an area filled with many of those
beautiful lakes that Minnesota is noted for. There is also plenty
of opportunity to go golfing, shopping or whatever you might enjoy.
Maybe you’ll even find time to see if there are any fish in
those beautiful lakes.

Now it’s time once again to head down I-94 east to Albany,
Minnesota for their 18th annual Albany Pioneer Days Threshing Show.
Beginning on Friday, September 18 and running through Sunday,
September 20, you’ll be seeing RED. (International Red, that
is!!!) Yes, the featured line at the Albany show this year is
International Harvester. The show is home for a 30-60 IHC Mogul
tractor, and a promised 60 Mogul stationary engine should be there,
too. A special invitation goes out to all of our wonderful
exhibitors to try to fill in all the vacant spots in the IHC line
and make this one of the best IHC showings ever.

The Albany show, with over 25 buildings and a 100 dealer flea
market, has something for everyone. The show has been fortunate
enough to attract 200 or more tractors, a few steam traction and
stationary engines, and nearly 400 gas engines of all shapes and
sizes. We thank all our dedicated collectors for restoring and
displaying all this fine ‘old tired iron.’ The finishing
touches are being put on the large 100-year-old church that was
moved to the grounds a couple of years ago. Work horses and oxen
demonstrations, four or more different sawmills in operation, silo
filling, threshing, corn shelling and shredding and many
ladies’ activities are just some of the many things you can see
and enjoy during this show.

So, this Fall, make plans to come to Minnesota and take in these
three great shows, all located along I-94 and only about a one and
one-half hour drive between each of them. Maybe if you can find a
little bit of spare time you’ll even be able to catch one of
the ‘big ones’ out of one of our ‘ten thousand
lakes’!!

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