This weekend for the 38th year, the Minnesota Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls and the Pioneer Power Club will demonstrate what life and work was like for farmers a few generations ago.
"It started in '76, that's when our club was formed," said Pioneer Power Club President Roger Dale. "We got a lot of stuff fixed up for the bicentennial and there was a guy who did threshing at his farm for fun, and it took off from there."
Shortly after the first show, the Hanley Falls school closed and the building was used for a museum of farm machinery. The museum is open seasonally May 15-Sept. 30, but this year will extend the season to Oct. 20 to accommodate the Smithsonian traveling "Museum on Main Street" exhibition, "The Way We Worked" a photographic exhibit showing how Americans worked in bygone eras.
This is very much in keeping with the purpose of the Pioneer Power club.
"Our goal is to have fun and put on a show so our generation and some of our city cousins can see what our farmers went through in yesteryear," Dale said. "We enjoy doing it, but we wouldn't want to do it all summer. You read about things, but when you see them, that's another thing."
6 p.m. Garden tractor pull, weigh-in at 5:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. Parade
All day: music, entertainment, craft show, flea market, car museum and handmade quilt display.
Demonstrations: IH bale press, corn shelling, silage cutter, miniature saw mill, steam powered saw mill, cedar shingle making, lathe making, wood plane, blacksmithing, threshing, rope making, wood carving, rug weaving and homemade ice cream.
4:30 p.m Pre-1960 tractor pull.
8:30 a.m. Worship service