Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

A last-look photo essay from a Minnesota steam & gas engines show, Part V September 13, 2017

IT’S ALL ABOUT the vintage tractors for many participants and attendees:







For others, the flea market is the main draw:


Larry and Nicholas Ahrens of The Brown Barn Works craft garden art from scrap metal and more.


New caps are sold by the Rice County Steam & Gas Engines Show.



Under a vendors’ table, I spotted these horses and other merchandise.



People have to eat. You’ll always find something tasty in the food court area:


Randy and I stopped for a mid-afternoon glass of freshly-squeezed lemonade. During the noon hour, this dining area is packed.


When feet tire, you can ride on this horse-drawn wagon or in a bring-your-own golf cart:




Old-time music draws attendees to the music barn:


The Czech Area Concertina Club performs.


For kids (and some adults) the vintage playground equipment entertains:




A view of the merry-go-round in the background from the front of a vintage tractor. There’s a handcrafted seesaw (which Randy and I rode) in between.



When you can’t keep up with the kids/grandkids at the playground, you just have to rest.




Randy and I followed this tractor off the show grounds northbound on Minnesota State Highway 3 toward Dundas.


© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


17 Responses to “A last-look photo essay from a Minnesota steam & gas engines show, Part V”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I love all of these pictures but something is so soothing and serene about the last one. I imagine the pace was slow but peaceful.

  2. Marilyn Donnell Says:

    I never realised this as a child, but my brothers inform me that our Grandfather was very proud of his Farmall tractors and quite defensive about their merits around neighbouring farmers. I wanted to drive it while still little, but my brother beat me to it (he was 3 years younger than me, and was driving that thing in 4th or 5th grade). By the time I was allowed to have a crack at it I could hardly push the brake pedal down, I didn’t have the strength of my wire-y little brother!

  3. Caryl Larson Says:

    How did we ever survive vintage metal playground equipment? We’re lucky to be alive.

  4. Littlesundog Says:

    Something for everyone here… I personally like the scrap metal art. Who knew farmers had a creative and artistic side? 😀

  5. Don Says:

    What a great way to spend a day, I would have enjoyed being there. Your photos of the tractors brings the history of farming back to reality. No air-conditioned cabs, stereos, gps units etc. showcases how work on the farm was not always a pleasant experience compared to nowadays. Looks like the younger generation was enjoying themselves too, from the horse-drawn wagon to the playground equipment, to the kid on his bike performing “wheelies”.

  6. Valerie Says:

    I like the photo taken from behind the people taking a rest…and their hats.

  7. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    This event reminds me of Prairie Village. There is a steam thrashing jamboree every August. Very entertaining

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