Rolling Ahead At Rollag

| September/October 1980

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R. #3, Hawley, Minnesota 56549

As secretary of Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Inc., at Rollag, Minnesota, for the past four years, I have had the opportunity to work with a great bunch of people.

WMSTR is a non-profit organization of over 600 members whose hobby often takes more time and effort than most people's jobs. They are interested in keeping a part of our rural heritage alive by preserving a living-working museum of early pioneer crafts and farm equipment. The achievements these men have made over the past 27 years since the show was formed are overpowering. None of these people receives any pay, yet they donate their weekends, vacations and money to improve and put on the show.

On any weekend from April to October there is action on the hill, which overlooks wooded valleys and lakes. The show grounds cover over 100 acres of woods and parking area. We have been busy since last year getting things lined up for our annual Labor Day Show, which will be held August 29, 30, 31 and September 1, 1980. During that weekend, the tiny village of Rollag (pop. 13) finds itself turned into a beehive of excitement, hosting thousands of visitors. Last year we had over 400 workers and 350 ladies aid members just providing food!

With today's inflation, high gas prices and hectic world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain this type of show. We can only hope that others feel, as we do, that it is important to preserve this part of our past.

We advertise, 'Something for Everyone,' and indeed we deliver! One of our biggest and most expensive projects, has been the railroad. We have in operation a full-size steam locomotive with tender and caboose.


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