Harvey’s Day at the Rose City Threshing Festival

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Harvey Danielson's 1 , 3, and 6 HP Fairbanks Morse Z engines.

17690 County Road 66 N.E. Miltona, Minnesota 56354

The Rose City Festival was held on August 14 and 15, 1993 on the
Harvey Danielson farm, 1 miles west of Rose City, Minnesota. We
have 4,000 to 5,000 in attendance. It’s a small farm show with
nice horses working, tractors, gas engines, steam threshing and so
on. We have children’s games, parade, activity for the women
and Sunday morning church service. Beautifully kept grounds and
free primitive camp grounds add to the enjoyment.

Here’s how my day at the last show went.

About seven o’clock, I’m headed down for the
Thresherman’s Breakfast. It’s always fun to have breakfast
with old friends and tell and hear a few stories of the ‘good
old days.’

After breakfast, I go out and gas and oil up some of my gas
engines. Then I go to check on the well driller and horse
baler.

Soon there are a lot of people around, so I head back down to my
gas engines. They ask me, ‘What are they used for?’ I start
a few of them up and explain how they run. I then remember I have
to go to the pump on the hill to start water for the horses and
steamer. Next, I must get straw for the horse baler.

Run back to the gas engines to check them, and start the one in
the barn, on the line shaft. Now, someone comes and wants gas for
their tractor and then someone else wants to use a tractor.

‘Harvey, we want some wood for the steam engine. Where do we
get it?’ I no more than get the wood, when an old buddy comes
up and says, ‘Where have you been? I’ve been looking all
over for you.’

I remember I have to get back to get some gas for that tractor.
No sooner than that is done when I hear, ‘Harvey, you are
wanted on the telephone.’ On the way back from the phone,
someone stops me and says, ‘Do you know who I am?’ I stand
there and try to guess, while the grandchildren tug on me and want
to go and look at the pony.

On the way back from the petting barn, I go to my engines and
they have all stopped dead.

I guess I will go and have some lunch and sit down!

I wonder if I’ll be this busy at our 1994 show. Come and see
me on August 13 and 14 and find out!

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