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2011 LeSueur Pioneer Power

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Once again we had a great weekend for the annual show over in LeSueur, MN. The feature tractor of our host (the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association) was the Minneapolis Moline family of tractors... to include Minneapolis Moline, The Great Minneapolis Line, Twin City Tractors, Trucks, Threshers and the Moline Plow Co. There was quite a turnout of feature tractors, including a nice collection of the Jacobsen made Minneapolis Moline Garden Tractors.

Familiar faces attending this year are Steve (stevasaurus) from IL, Mike (ol550) from MO, Dennis (mnwhfan) from MN, Ryan (rydogg) from MN, Joe (joebob) from MN and myself. There were also a couple people who I don't think are on this forum.

The show was a great time, I'm sure some of the others will be along later with their own pictures. These showgrounds are very large and nice. They are a permanent location, owned by the association, with a wide assortment of pioneer, antique and vintage things to see such as stationary gas engines, saw milling, shingle cutting, paper cutting, steam shovel excavation, ditch digging, plowing, harvesting, threshing, baling, blacksmithing, draft horse work and a tractor pull. Not to mention things like the hit and miss ran ice cream stand or the polka band in the beer pavilion. Several times over the weekend and again at the end of the show on Sunday various members of the Pioneer Power board came over and made a point to thank us for coming and adding another interest to their show, as well as inviting us back for next year.

Ok, enough rambling, onto the pictures.
The sign at the main gate.
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Some of the Minneapolis family feature
There were two of these monsters left and right at the entrance of the feature building.
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Some other random pictures of the show grounds
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On the show grounds there is also a small fire museum, some local small towns bring their antique trucks over for the show.
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And finally our Wheel Horse display. Not quite as impressive as previous years, but it was a good time, and lots of people stopped to talk and ask questions.
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Ryan and family enjoying the show
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Steve and Joe relaxing and chatting
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Something a little different... Joebob brought his ice racer this year. This machine is built for drag racing a 200 foot track on ice.... and yes... it's kind of fast.
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And to round out... one of our club members brought a few of his oddballs.

Speedex (I don't remember what year)
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1955 Craftsman
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1955 David Bradley Tri-Trac
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All in all, a great time. Anyone who is in the midwestern area is invited for next year, we'd love to have you! No official affiliation is needed, just show up with a tractor or two! Primitive camping, or hotels within 25 miles. Next years big feature for the show is Massey Tractors and Equipment. Thanks for looking.

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Great pictures Jason. :banghead: I just got back and will post mine tomorrow. What a great time...thanks all. :thumbs2:

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More great pictures. Thanks for posting. Maybe one of these days I will get out to a show that is not in Pennsylvania or Maryland. :thumbs2:

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Here is the pictures I took at the show:

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Mike (OL550)

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Mikes's wife and JoeBob

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Mike's wife with Mike

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Don with one of his horses.

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Jason, Joe & Ryan (RYdogg)

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Dennis (mnwhfan) and Joe hanging posters

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This was a hit at the show...Joe's ice racer

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Dennis's Mom heading to ride in the parade

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Ryan and his excellent family heading out to check out the show...

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Joe positioned his trailer so it became a great patio...very comfortable.

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self explanitory...mornin' Joe

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picture of the group that was there on Saturday...Jason, Mike, Joe, Ryan, Steve, Dennis and Don

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Finally, here is couple of shot of the new fire ring that Joe brought to the show. I hope somebody got a picture of it without the fire burning. It is about 3' in diameter, about 6" high, on 3" legs, made out of stainless steel and stamped with "WHEEL HORSE" on opposite sides. :thumbs2:

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Hope you enjoyed the show: :banghead:

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Great pictures everyone and of course another successful show! It looks as though all of you had plenty of laughs and a very enjoyable time. Thank you for posting for us! :thumbs2:

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looks like a great time , i'm sorry i wasn't able to make it. maybe next year

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Thanks for adding pictures Steve, it was good to see you again, hope you had a nice drive back.

@305... where abouts are you? I'm in Kasson, Ryan lives just south of me outside of Sargeant and Dennis is over around Waconia.

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Thanks for the pics Steve. I gotta get to that show some day, hopefully next year.

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i'm in Owatonna. i have met Ryan when i bought a parts tractor from him. maybe next year i'll make the show

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Nice pictures guys, was a great time just hanging out together

Funny Steve and the one with Don and HIS horse :banghead:

you also forgot to swing by and pick up Marcy, every thing she needed was on top the hill :thumbs2:

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Really enjoyed your pictures Steve. You always seem to capture the human interest side of things as well as the tractors. :thumbs2:

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That looks like a terrific show judging by the pictures! Is that a Triple D tractor the 8th & 9th pics down?I'd like to go to this one next year,those steam traction motors are really interesting! Thanks for posting the pics,sure looks like you all had a great time! :thumbs2:

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It was me and my 3 kids this year since the wife had to work and I was a little nervous about how well it would go since I had planned to stay overnight and tent camp but the kids were great since the show is very family friendly and has something for all ages. It was great to meet some of the members in person and I am looking forward to next year. Here are some of my pictures.....

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Before the tractor parade

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After the tractor parade

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Here is my little contribution to the show, hopefully next year I can find a bigger trailer and bring more.

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I've been to this show in years past and have always had a good time. lots to look at and always something new and interesting :thumbs: . I plan on going again in 2012! :)

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I'd have to say more like: "Steve sucking on the hot toddie in his hand (R&R for sure), and Joe's listening."! Who loves ya Steve? :ychain::bow-blue:

Steve and Joe relaxing and chatting

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Man, My monitor cracked in half after Steve's last picture! :ychain:

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Man, My monitor cracked in half after Steve's last picture! :ychain:

:ROTF: That's just wrong, but I like it. :ROTF:

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