September 23, 24 and 25 were the climax of all summer preparations on a farm at rural West Concord, Minnesota. This farm is known as Budenski Bros, and is located south of Wanamingo, Minnesota.
Friday, September 23rd, was entry day and it started to rain. The rain was a fine mist and it caused much difficulty in moving the large equipment around. There was a total of seven antique gas tractors which were built before 1930 and a total of nine steam traction engines from a 28 Minneapolis down to a 12 Advance. There were several gas engines and a Baker pan and Shingle Mill. Several spectators from Wisconsin and a handful from Minnesota and Iowa attend this event.
The rain continued all of Friday night and Saturday morning. There were several visitors from out of state. Wisconsin was most represented with people arriving early. The rain kept on falling steadily until nearly 2 p.m. The Sawmill owned by Axley Bros, of Eyota was set up and the 20 Minneapolis Steam traction engine was belted to it. Loui Budenski's engine put on a fine demonstration between showers. About 3:30 the Avery 45-65 was belted to the Baker Fan, it pulled well on this. Then the Advance engine owned by Joe selly of St. Peter, Minnesota, took its turn on the Fan and pulled about 50 h.p. The air was heavy making the fan pull harder than normal.
By Sunday morning the rain had cleared away and the sun was shining brightly. The ground was wet but the Saddle Club in the parking lots were not having trouble getting the autos settled. The Show grounds was old pasture sod so the heavy equipment would be able to maneuver around. The first event was to thresh one load of oats to get fuel for the 22 Advance Rumely Straw-burner. This was threshed by the 28 Minneapolis engine of Ed Budenski's with the 36-60 Red River Special Separator. The parade of equipment was the next event.
After the parade the action started. The 28 Minneapolis engine was put on the Baker Fan and the 22 Advance engine went on the saw mill. Soon the Straw Burner was put on the separator where it threshed all afternoon. The spectators were many around this engine and the 36-60 Red River separator. Here the people really enjoyed this because very few had seen this up close and many like myself had never seen an engine fired with straw.
Then about 4 p.m. John Schultz put his 80 Case on the eight bottom John Deere plow and started a fine plowing demonstration. Governor trouble made him give it up to the 28 Minneapolis engine which plowed and the public enjoyed this also. Of the many shingle bolts which were sawed into shingles there were none left by the mill.
The public enjoyed the big gas tractors pulling on the Baker fan in contrast to the Steam Engines.
The popcorn boxes on the grounds told their own story of what the people enjoyed most and of how many people attended Sunday's event and demonstrations of antique and modern farm equipment put on by the Zumbro Valley Threshermen's Association.
A special thank you to the many persons who took an active part in making this reunion a special event.