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Swap Meets and Stoplights: Pioneer Power and Tri-State 2013

| 5/29/2013 3:40:02 PM

Tags: happy trails,

I went to two big swap meets this spring. I started out with the Pioneer Power Swap Meet in Le Sueur, Minn., on April 25-28. I was going into this with all the snow and cold we’d all experienced this spring, and was pretty skeptical about the weather predicament up there. The Tuesday before the meet, they had 8 inches of snow. So I packed my Carhartt coat, heavy gloves, rain poncho and mud boots and headed up to Minnesota from Kansas. By the time all was said and done, on Friday and Saturday it was 70 degrees and sunny! I even saw someone taking a picture of the roadway on the grounds with dust blowing around, right beside a big wet mud hole. There was a big crowd due to the weather. Friday, as I was coming to the show, I had to wait in traffic for 40 minutes just to park, and as I pulled up to the sheriff who was directing traffic, he said, “the 20-acre parking lot is full, good luck!”   

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The vendors and club members I talked to were happy with the turnout and sales were going well.

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Above is a new product at the Kettle River Ironworks booth by Steve and Linda Peterson of Menagha, Minnesota. Their website is

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