Le Center, Minnesota 56057
The LeSueur County Pioneer Power Show was held August 28 through 30, 1981. The members worked diligently in preparing for their big show, in spite of the wet weather we experienced throughout the summer. On the day preceding the show, the skies opened up and it poured more rain. On the opening morning of the show everything was wet, including many damp spirits, but the VFW color guard came as they did every morning for flag raising ceremonies, and the show was on! People came dressed for wet weather and accepted the mud and inconveniences with a smile and a promise to be back again next year.
Tractor exhibits were down this year because of the wet conditions, although several new additions were on display. It was hard to move the big tractors and steamers but we did manage to thresh oats Saturday with a 22-inch Red River Special thresher belted to a 10-20 McCormick-Deering. Straw baling was an interesting event with a model stationary baler and model Townsend tractor. On Sunday afternoon the 8-roll Maytag corn shredder was put into motion without any repairs or restoration after sitting idle over 40 years. The shredder was built by the Maytag Company that we are so familiar with. It was bought new in 1913 by the family that had owned it all these years. It had been used for custom work in the local community. It's as big as many big threshing machines; especially after having only seen small corn huskers-shredders before.
Our club is gifted with many beautiful horses that were used for different operations throughout the show. A One-ton Caterpillar with a two-bottom plow tried plowing but had to quit to leave the mud to ooze from its tracks. The horses proved their worth on the farm by going out and plowing without any effort.
Our sawmill was in continuous operation all three days with only small tractors being able to belt up to it because of slippery conditions. Next year we will have our big sawmill in operation. It was built by Melonek and Deutsch Foundry in New Prague, Minnesota, nearly 100 years ago. It is a heavy built mill and takes two men to run the carriage. The shingle and lath mill were also in prime condition and attracted much attention. There were 80 tractors in the line-up along with a 22 and 28 HP Minneapolis and a 18 HP Port Huron steam engines.
The maple and basswood grove was filled with 175 gasoline engines. There were model engines up to big oil engines. Our club is fortunate to have some very rare engines including a few of a kind. We also had exhibitors of motorized garden cultivators, toy farm machinery, mills and grinders. Our club is home base for several large collections of cast iron implement seats, tool boxes, tools and corn planter lids.
The ladies put on a show of their own in our 40 by 120 steel building. They had every square foot filled with crafts, demonstrations and arts. The old-time kitchen was enjoyed by many along with the old dolls that were so precious in the eyes of every little girl.
Our antique cars and trucks were here again but not as many as last year. Among them was a 1912 model T Ford along with a 1919 Republic truck on through a 1932 seven-passenger Pierce Arrow to some beauties from the 50s and 60s.