PIONEER POWER SHOW

By Staff
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Willmar Tiede from Le Center, MN, with his superb cast iron seat collection at the LSCPPA show near LeSueur, MN.
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The Dagan family collection of gas engines and miscellaneous goodies from Eagle Lake, MN at the LeSueur show.

Winsted, Minnesota 55395

The 20th annual LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show was held
August 27, 28, and 29, 1993 on the club’s permanent show
grounds located six miles east of LeSueur, Minnesota.

The featured highlight for the ’93 show was John Deere and
the Central Minnesota Two Cylinder Club. The local Two Cylinder
Club from Silver Lake, Minnesota, had a display in one of the large
sheds. It was set up like an old John Deere dealership. As you
entered under an authentic sign, you came to the service bay. There
you could find a helpful guy who was grease up to his elbows. They
had new and used equipment displayed, John Deere movies, toys for
sale, literature for interested folks to read, and banners. The
club has put together a video of plowing entitled ‘One Day Last
Fall.’ Spectators could watch the movie on the spot and also
purchase it along with other JD memorabilia.

Also on display you could find a replicated 1930s promotion. A
John Deere Model AR tractor was set up on Coke bottles. John Deere
used this advertising technique in the 1930s to show how smooth the
Model AR ran. At the show you could see a large selection of
different models of JD tractors and equipment that had been nicely
restored. Many people went through the display and thoroughly
enjoyed it.

Local fire departments are gathering funds to build a fire
station to display their fire engines and equipment that had been
used years ago. They used an old water tank to haul water to the
steam engines at various places on the show grounds.

Along with the many displays the men enjoy, there are also
numerous attractions for the ladies. There are demonstrations which
include weaving and broom making. An old country store is filled
with things to purchase. Items for sale include homemade jellies,
jams, candies, home-grown flowers, fruits and vegetables, and many
craft items. All are donated by members of Pioneer Power.

A country school and log cabin are filled with many items from
the past. In the school house you will find old readin’,
‘ritin’, and ‘rithmetic books along with activities for
the young ones.

Other displays include the ever popular gas engine alley,
miniature land, a new pancake house, saw mill, blacksmith shop, and
horse demonstrations (plowing, drilling rig, separator). There are
various food stands and camping available on the grounds.

The LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show is a wonderful way to
spend a weekend during the summer reminiscing about things of old.
There is much to do and see for young, old, male and female!!

Thank you to all the exhibitors and members who help make the
show a huge success. The exhibitors receive free admission,
camping, and a brass plaque. In 1994 the LeSueur County Pioneer
Power Association is hosting the National Allis Chalmers
‘Gathering of the Orange’ (West). Show dates are August 26,
27, 28, 1994. Hope to see you there!!

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