| November/December 1982

24820 141st Avenue Rogers, Minnesota 55374

Elk River Engine Dayin one word: SUPER! Sunday, July 19, 1981, the day was born and what a day it was for the first successful show! It was special and due to many including Mike Kroeger, Bonny Johnson, Ed Driesel and the entire staff of the Elk River Nursing Home.

Now you may ask how a nursing home could get involved with a bunch of engine nuts?? Once I talked to a few members of the Anoka Engine Club and organized a few members to display their chiggers at a small nursing home in Monticello where my grandmother lived. The people in the home enjoyed every minute of it! While I was attending my engines, Mike Kroeger approached me. He is Vice President of the Board of Trustees and I guess he liked what he saw for he asked me if I would help to put on a show on the grounds. He said he had over five acres we could use.

Now, my feelings are that the senior citizens at these homes are usually not able to get to enough of these shows and remembering how happy it had made the people of Monticello, I said 'You bet, let's have a show!'

After some months of planning, the big weekend was here. My parents and I pulled our trailer to the grounds Saturday afternoon to start readying the area for the show. There was much to do and special thanks to my crew who worked very hard in beastly hot weather. Those folks included my parents, Bob and Mary Bartheld, Don Dehn, Tom Killeen and Dyron Howell.

Soon many engine friends from out-of-state came pulling in with their RVs and trailers. Meanwhile Bill Eimers and his family set up the flea market area.