The April 2012 Le Sueur Swap Meet

| 6/27/2012 11:31:35 AM

I headed up to Minnesota for the Le Sueur County Pioneer Power 35th Swap Meet and set aside a little time to stop in and visit a few advertisers in the area. I saw Mike Tesch at Gas Tank Renu in Shakopee (800-633-TANK), Linda at Fahey Auctions in Hutchinson (, Jim at Distel Grain in Le Sueur (, and Steve at Quayside Publishing in Minneapolis ( It is always nice to visit the new and existing clients, whether on the way to or at the shows and swap meets and sort of touch base, and get to know them and their business.

At this swap meet, the vendors line up and wait in line for days to grab their favorite spot on the grounds. When they open the gates and start letting in the stream of trucks, trailers, buses, RV’s, semis, anything and everything, it is seriously something to behold.

Every time I see it, I always hear someone comment on how it must be what the Oklahoma Land Rush looked like, only with a different kind of horsepower! I heard the first vehicle was in line on April 1, and the swap meet started on April 27!

April 2012 Le Sueur Swap Meet 

April 2012 Le Sueur Swap Meet 

There were nearly 1,000 vendors and about 12,000 people in attendance. The weather is always the big topic of conversation at the swap meet, and we got by with no snow, mud or rain (except some light rain Saturday morning) but it was pretty windy and chilly! When it’s cold, I sometimes have to go on the hunt to find the vendors taking a quick warm up break in their truck instead of standing by their trailers, and who can blame them?