Fully restored 1918 Minneapolis 35-70, owned by Frank and Betty Sticha, and shown annually at LeSueur County show.
105 5th Ave. S.W. New Prague, Minnesota 56071
As another year begins, I can't help but reflect on the past fortunate and unfortunate things that have happened to us.
Some of the best things I can think of are the times when my husband, Frank, and I attend threshing bees. I know many women will think, 'Is she sane?' Yes, I am and I love meeting new people. I have made many new and lasting friends at the various shows.
Many people go to various threshing shows and some have been first time visitors.
In my opinion, some of the ladies reluctantly go with their husbands, thinking, 'What can be so interesting there?' Some are happy they went along and others aren't sure if they'll ever return. I think it's amazing what you'll find. Most shows have crafts to view and to buy. Some shows have flea markets. Just think of the bargains you can take home! There's music to listen to and various antique displays, from toys to farm machinery and household articles. Pioneer homes and schools and other buildings are on display.
I also enjoy the beauty of the out doors. Where else can you find a mixture of sunshine (a free tan, if you wish), beautiful trees and clouds. The fresh air is so invigorating. If it happens to be a hot day, there's a place to relax in the shade.
Good food is served at most places, something different than the sedate restaurant setting. Always a variety of refreshments are served. While relaxing with food and refreshments, strike up a conversation with others. Amazing how interesting people are.
At our LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show, breakfast is a big hit. Delicious pancakes and sausages are worth standing in line, as many people do.
Later in the day, dinner and sandwiches and fresh homemade pies are served.
It's a lot of work to prepare for a show but I think it's rewarding when you see all the happy faces. It's a good feeling when people go through the lunch-line and comment on the good food being served and tell us how friendly the people are. Another statement worth hearing is, 'We'll return NEXT year!'
It's hard work feeding thousands of people but the ladies at the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show are a great cooperative group and the lunch line is like an assembly line.
Even though people are dog-tired at the end of the day, cheerfulness still prevails.
Ladies, when your husband falls asleep with a smile on his face and muttering in his sleep, he most likely is thinking of an engine or tractor he fell in love with at a show.
If vacations aren't in your vocabulary or lifestyle, try mini-vacations each weekend to threshing shows and you come away refreshed. One place to visit is the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show. Camping facilities are available.
Map reading is interesting because getting to the next show is important. I find it exciting because I like seeing the different parts of our state and enjoying the beauty of our state and wondering what new people we'll meet. I'm definitely sold on Pioneer Power shows because I feel privileged to have met so many special people.
I'd like to invite you Gas Engine Magazine readers and friends to the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show, LeSueur Minnesota August 25,26,27, 1989. I'm sure you will be happy you took the time to come.
There's one admission price for three interesting, fun-filled days. You'll get to see a parade Saturday and Sunday. A few of the things you'll see at the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show are: sawmill in action, shingle mill, veneer mill, broom making, horse treadmill, threshing grain, corn shredding, homemade ice cream, print shop, Miniature Land, gas engines, beautiful horses, and many tractors and toys.