NEWS ITEM


| September/October 1969


Box 666, Madison, South Dakota 57042

See the past in full color! Visit Prairie Village, Madison, South Dakota, August 22, 23, and 24 for the Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree. We will be plowing with horses and steam, making our own shingles and lathe, and threshing with steam and gas. Some 75 gas tractors and a dozen or so steamers will be operating, ranging from scale model engines to one of the larger Russel steam traction engine, (35-80), including a rare Townsend kerosene tractor which looks and is built like a steam traction engine but runs on kerosene. One will be able to see all the engines in action every day of the Jamboree at the 2:00 p.m. parade. Engineers 'belt up' their rigs, and coal smoke, hard oil, and steam smells fill the air all day long, Frontier living of the late 1800's is brought to life for the visitor in the 20 buildings of Prairie Village. In addition to the sod house and country school, steam merry-go-round and the many other attractions, we have added the Junius bank, a small town bank which closed after the 'crash' in 1929, and the print shop and art studio which houses one of the first presses brought to S.D. as well as an old ceramic kiln. If your feet get tired you will enable to give them a rest by riding around the grounds on the narrow gauge railway with its 1880 car pulled by a steam locomotive. Whenever you're hungry you can get a delicious home-cooked meal at one of the church groups' lunch stands or have a bag of popcorn purchased at the steam popcorn wagon. This year we will also have an antique doll collection housed in the doll house, an authentic jail, and an early farmstead complete with animals. So we hope to see you at Prairie Village to relive the good old days of threshing and to visit the buildings used by homesteaders. Don't forget Sunday services in the Village Church at 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.






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