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Pioneer Farmers to host logging show Aug. 17-19

LIRPF is dedicated to the preservation and display of historic logging-related Americana - with fun thrown in for good measure. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the weekend. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

The Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers, Inc. (LIRPF) host the 37th annual three-day reunion/show Aug. 17, 18 and 19 on its show grounds located adjacent to the north side of Itasca State Park on Highway 200.

Incorporated in 1976, the LIRPF is dedicated to the preservation and display of historic, rural/logging related Americana for the cultural, educational, entertainment and heritage-related benefits of the public. They are also a non-profit corporation.

During the reunion/ show, there will be many attractions including log-handling and loading using horses, lumber sawing on a 95-year-old sawmill, lumber planning, shingle and lath making, birdhouse, broom and rope making and grain threshing and grinding, tractors, vehicles, antique tools, model engines and machines and more.

Displays include a 100-year-old rural schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, log house, church, store, women's activities building and more.

Admission is $10 per day and children 12 and under are free. Food and refreshments are available including lefse and corn on the cob.

Over two dozen rustic-framed buildings are located in the park-like area on the grounds, which contain an auditorium, logging museum, kitchen, blacksmith shop, engines, models and toy displays, hot-air engine displays and other activities.

Some exhibits include the historic Lake Itasca Post Office, with completely restored 1940 interior and early Redby Machine Shop with machines and equipment. Adjacent to this site is another area housing the historic Itasca Park sawmill, the historic A.J. Levorsen sawmill engine and the Roy Hemmerich Logging Memorial.

For more information on this event, go to the LIRPF website at www.itasca pioneer