LeSueur to Honor Modelsmiths as Featured Attraction

| August/September 1995

  • Stationary engines

    John P. Barklow

  • Stationary engines

Featured attraction at this year's LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association's 22nd annual Pioneer Power Show will be the builders and collectors of handmade scale models. On display will be working scale models gas engines, steam engines, hot air engines, working model farm equipment and displays of working scale model railroad engines and equipment in live steam and diesel.

Shown at right is an engine completely home-shop built from scraps, cut-offs and odds and ends. The top of the water hopper is one inch black pipe sawed in half, the corners sawed to 45 degrees. The muffler face is the inverted bottom of a spray can. The only items that were purchased are the gears and drip oiler. The carburetor is built from a Weather head fitting purchased at the NAPA store. It was built in the basement shop of Willmar Tiede of LeCenter, Minnesota.

In addition to the 'models miths' feature, there will be the regular showing of 300 tractors, 250 stationary engines, 50 plus antique cars and trucks, and steam engines threshing wheat, sawing logs and plowing with an eight bottom plow.

The show runs from August 25 through 27, and has something for everyone. For additional information, contact John P. Barklow, RR 1 Box 280, Kasota, MN 56050, (507) 931-2809. Show grounds are six miles east of LeSueur on County Road 26 or 11 miles west of Montgomery, Minnesota on County Road 2613 miles south of Belle Plaine.