The 22nd Annual LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show 1995


| May/June 1996



Gas Engine Grove

A fine array of 'working' gas engines in gas engine grove at the '95 LeSueur show.

20 Hilltop Lane, #212, Mankato, UN 56001

What started as a small threshing bee on the farm of Dave Preuhs, with neighbors helping, has turned into a tremendous, over 100 acre, three day event. The LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association Show is an annual event held each year, the last weekend of August. The show grounds are located six miles east of LeSueur, Minnesota. (Just 50 miles southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul.) There are so many displays and demonstrations that the three day show is barely enough time to thoroughly enjoy everything.

This year the feature was handmade scale models. Exhibitors from 13 states displayed 325 working steam, gas, and hot-air engines along with various handmade farm building displays. Several to   scale steam and gas tractors were on hand. Many vendors were there selling kits and various supplies. These small models are intricately made and very detailed. The builders put a great deal of time into making these scale models with turning lathes and small tools. There were models from size on down. There was everything from an operating miniature Stover gas engine on top of a matchbox (featured on our button) to a mini-train you could ride on, which is the beginning of the Pioneer Power Railroad. One display even had an engine that ran on ice cubes! A local group of people that fly radio-controlled airplanes also put on demonstrations at the show using 12 different planes. The buzzing sound of airplanes could be heard flying overhead.

Along with the feature, there was something for everyone at the show. Field activities included stack threshing, plowing with steam engines and tractors, the rock crusher, hand-fed threshing machine, and antique earth moving equipment. Two new buildings are going to be built on the show grounds. An elevating grader (mucker) and several other crawlers and dump wagons prepared the site for one of the buildings. Many other antique construction machines were also in operation.

For woodworking enthusiasts, there were demonstrations of the 1890 sawmill and veneer mill. The shingle and lathe mills promise to be back in operation for 1996. 'Ye Ol Wood Shop' also has some antique woodworking tools and demonstrations.

Gas engine alley is always a big hit. Some of the engines on display were doing jobs they performed years ago. These included pumping water, making flour, sawing wood and many more.