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Experience 1900s at Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show

The parade audience was treated to an impressive display of antique tractors during last year's parade. (Enterprise file photo)

Reach into rural America's past with the Lake Itasca Pioneer Farmers.

They're hosting their 42nd annual show Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20 at their showgrounds, adjacent to the north entrance of Itasca State Park on Highway 200.

The three-day festival includes daily demonstrations — logging, threshing, lumber sawing, blacksmithing, broom making and more. Numerous engines, tractors and machinery are on display. A scale model railroad is in full operation for rides.

The grounds open at 7 a.m. daily.

Special events include a country gospel concert and pioneer king and queen coronation Friday evening.

Saturday the kid's pedal tractor pull is at 2 p.m. A country old-time music show is at 5 p.m.

An old-time tractor pull and quilt raffle follows Sunday's 1 p.m. tractor parade.

Visitors may tour more than 30 historical buildings, such as the Lake Itasca Post Office, an 1897 schoolhouse, a 1937 country shoppe, the 1887 Osage Baptist Church and many other memorial buildings. Most are handicapped-accessible. See how pioneers lived, how they farmed, cooked and sawed wood. Demonstrations of all the farm equipment are held daily.

More information is available at www.itascapioneerfarmers.com.

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