| November/December 1979

1511 Iglehart Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

August 26 and 27 were the dates of the 1978 Steam and Pioneer power show. The show was held on the Dave Preuhs farm, 8 miles east of LeSueur, Minnesota.

The scheduled weekend turned out to be a real wet one. Light showers kept things damp on Saturday with a sort of breaking away in the afternoon, when some activity managed to surface.

Saturday night a heavy deluge came that reached from the Le Sueur area, where it struck the hardest, to the Minneapolis-St. Paul southern extremities, where cars became totally submerged on at least one highway. At LeSueur, on Sunday morning and throughout the day, conditions were deplorable. Cars were stuck between the highway and the show site, with tractor operators busy pulling them out.

The show grounds are on higher ground than most of the area but the muddy heavy soil of Green Giant fame stuck to footwear just too much for the enjoyment of those who wanted to see things. And there is plenty to see from a fine grove of oak trees well filled with popping gas engines back to the open space of ground where Mike Kovic of Jordan, Minnesota had his lumber saw setup using his recently overhauled big Lawson tractor for power.

Joe Shelly of St. Peter, Minnesota, owner of a 22 Hp Advance engine and long associated with steam shows, was on hand operating a 28 HP Minneapolis engine, loaned to the show by the Budenski Brothers of West Concord, Minnesota. This engine was owned by the late Ed Budenski.