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Pioneer Farmers show is Aug. 20-22

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The 35th annual Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers show is Friday through Sunday, Aug. 20-22 at the north side of Itasca State Park on Highway 200.

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Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and display of historic, rural/logging related Americana for the cultural, educational, entertainment and heritage-related benefits of the public. Incorporated in 1976, LIRPF has been located by Minnesota's Itasca State Park since 1990.

Attractions during the reunion/show include log-handling and loading using horses; lumber sawing on a 103-year-old sawmill; lumber planing; shingle and lath making; birdhouse, broom and rope making; and grain threshing. Displays include a 100-year-old rural schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, log house, church, store and women's activities building.

Admission is $10 for a three-day pass and children under 12 are admitted free. The food building and snack shack are open all day. Tickets include admission to a three-day flea market held on the grounds and the third annual National Scale Model Builders Convention being held at the same time.

Friday's events include a parade at 1 p.m., supper at 5 p.m. and a country gospel music show that includes the coronation of the 2010-11 Pioneer King and Queen.

Saturday's events start with a breakfast at 7 a.m. A special cancellation will be held at the Post Office from 9 a.m. to noon. A parade is at 1 p.m., kids' pedal-tractor pull at 2 p.m., supper at 5 p.m. and a country/old time music show and "Glo-Stick" show at 10 p.m.

Sunday's events kick off with breakfast from 6:30 - 8:30 a.m., worship service at 9 a.m., parade at 1 p.m. and an old time tractor pull following the parade.

More than two dozen rustic-framed buildings can be found in a shady, park-like area on the grounds, and these house a sizeable auditorium, logging museum, kitchen, blacksmith shop, engines, models and toy displays, hot-air engine displays, and other activities.

New exhibits include the historic Lake Itasca Post Office with completely restored 1940 interior and early 1900s Redby Machine Shop with machines and equipment. Another area adjacent to this site houses the historic Itasca Park sawmill, the equally historic A.J. Levorsen sawmill engine, and the Roy Hemmerich Logging Memorial.

For detailed information about the event, go to the LIRPF website at www.itas capioneerfarmers.com.

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