| January/February 1981

President, LeCenter, Minnesota

The weatherman finally cooperated with the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association (well almost) and gave us one of the best weekends in our existence, not only weather wise but as to the number of people attending. The attendance was three times that of previous years with people coming from at least 11 different states, all the way from Massachusetts to Washington.

The members and exhibitors were really keyed up for this year's show and they really put out an overall effort not only in exhibiting a record number of tractors and gas engines, but also in preparing the show grounds for the 3-day event. This was our second year at our new permanent show grounds and it looked like a picnic area with the tall bass-wood, hackberry and maple trees towering overhead providing plenty of shade for everyone. The freshly mowed grass provided a picturesque setting.

A welcomed addition this year was the new 40 x 130 foot display building and the ladies' auxiliary had it packed full of different and unusual displays of antique kitchen items, clocks, toys, paintings, tools, license plates, ladies country store, and demonstrations of spinning wool, quilting, and much more. In the off season the building will be used for storage. Another new building is the addition of the old Dressellville creamery built in 1897 and this will be used as a clubhouse and office at next year's show.

This also was a bigger year for us as far as entertainment goes. Just to mention some were organ music, old time bands, fiddle music, square dancing, and old time folk music provided by a 30-member male chorus. I'm sure there were many a tune whistled in gas engine alley.

There were many smoke rings rising through the trees of gas engine alley. There were 36 displays that totaled 188 engines, big and small, short and tall, from near and far, and room for more. They ranged in size from the small miniature models to a large 25 HP Fairbanks-Morse oil engine. Some were at work running grindstones, burr mills, flour mills, drag saws, vacuum pumps, air pumps and pump jacks. An extremely rare 4 HP Chase gas engine was exhibited for the first time by one of our members. Other uncommon engines exhibited were Demster, McVicker, Wilson-Des Moines, 14 HP hopper cooled Lauson, and several others. Other exhibits included cast iron seats, corn planter lids, tool and barb wire collections, rope making, motorbikes, and moon buggys.