42nd annual Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmer show celebrates rural America
Every imaginable engine, tractor and equipment snorted, huffed and belched at the Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) show.
The non-profit organization invites visitors to "reach into rural America's past" during the three-day festival.
All of the members are volunteers with the common aim of preserving historic, rural agriculture and logging.
Daily demonstrations included threshing, sawmill action, blacksmithing and logging.
Incorporated in 1976, LIRPF has been located by Itasca State Park since 1990.
"I've been a member since 1979," said Gayden Stenseng, who volunteers in the Reid Engine Building and Stenseng Gas Engine Building, two of the showground's 36 historic exhibit halls.
He grew up on a farm, later opening his own repair shop in Bagley.
"Like every farm around here, we didn't have a lot, so you made do with what you had," he said.
Stenseng's son and grandkids help at the show as well.
"I've got some granddaughters. They've both got tractors here," he said. "I'm proud of them. They've been straight-A students."
The Stenseng family camps onsite for the LIRPF "reunion."
About three years ago, Stenseng said, the club bought the neighboring 57 acres in order to accommodate the number of RV and pop-up campers.