Le Sueur County Swap Meet

| April/May 1988

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Rt  1, Box 139 LeCenter, MN 56057

Back in 1978, several members of the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association suggested that a swap meet be held so the members and interested people would have a place to look for the part they needed or sell their items that they wanted to get rid of. So it was decided to have the swap meet the last Sunday in April and hold it at the fairgrounds in LeCenter, Minnesota.

That first swap meet it rained cats and dogs all day with maybe 10 swappers showing up. Luckily enough, we were all able to be inside the display building except for one lone vendor who challenged the rain and sold every engine he brought. He looked like a drowned rat.

On another swap meet Sunday, the temperature rose to nearly 90 degrees with many vendors looking like a white hog out in the sun for the first time-pink.

The most memorable one was in 1984 (weatherwise), the day was cloudy, cold, with a stiff east wind blowing and by 4 o'clock that afternoon the skies left loose with heavy wet snow and by the time it was over, 10 inches of snow had fallen with some vendors being stranded somewhere between LeCenter and their homes. Miles of power lines had come down due to the heavy wet snow sticking to the lines and poles. Many areas were without power for 4 to 7 days. I'm sure those of you who were there will remember it for years to come.

Through all the years of heat and cold, rain or snow, the swap meet has grown from a meager start of 10 vendors to a record of 270 in 1987. One reason we attribute this success is the fact that many people are anxious to become unhibernated and get out and start antiqueing, either buying, selling, or trading. It's one of the first swap meets of the season, and it kind of kicks off the up-coming season of swap meet, threshing shows and, most of all, just plain socializing.