| July/August 1986

Souvenir horseshoe in the blacksmith shop

Martin Luebke of Mound, MN pounds out a souvenir horseshoe in the blacksmith shop

Rt. 1 Box 139 LeCenter, Minn. 56057

'The 12th Annual LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association Threshing Show was held August 23, 24, & 25, 1985 at the club's permanent 57 acre showgrounds located 6 miles east of LeSueur, Minn. Again, good weather and large crowds prevailed throughout the weekend.

Eighteen acres of oats and spring wheat were threshed. Two large grain stacks were threshed with the 1913 33 x 60 Nichols and Shepard double-wing separator, the rest being threshed by a Case 24 x 42 hand feed 'Agitator,' a 1911 36 x 60 Avery Yellow Fellow, and a 22 in. McCormick Deering. The rest of the field activities included: shredding corn, cutting silage, baling, and plowing with gas tractors, steam engines, and teams of horses. Other work performed by the many teams of horses were mowing, raking, and loading hay, harrowing, giving hay rides, and the inevitable cleaning out the horse barn.

Our five acres of shade trees provide ample room for gas engine grove with the many varied displays: miniature land, 1890 sawmill, blacksmith shop, antique cars and trucks, the 1859 log cabin, veneer mill, lathe and shingle mills, lumber planer, stationary steam generator, dynamometer and much more. Each year the tractor lineup gleams with many newly painted models, with more than 125 on display.

A few other areas of interest: parade at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, ecumenical church service, musical entertainment scheduled all three days, children's barnyard and playground, 40' x 120' building full of arts and crafts, the 'Ladies Country Store,' good food, and a new deep well with plenty of cold water for everyone.

Thanks to everyone who helped make our 1985 show a huge success, many of whom travel a great distance to participate.