Celebrating rural America: Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers Show marks 43 years


The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) showgrounds were abuzz last weekend with sawing, threshing, milling and all manner of steaming, hissing engines.

On the third weekend of August, the non-profit organization invites visitors to "reach into rural America's past" during its annual three-day festival.

All of the members are volunteers dedicated to the preservation of historic, rural agriculture and logging.

In addition to demonstrations, the showgrounds features 30 historical buildings, such as the Lake Itasca Post Office, an 1897 Arago Township schoolhouse, a 1937 country shoppe, the 1887 Osage Baptist Church and many other memorial buildings.

On Sunday, LIRPF hosted the Minnesota State Championship Old-Time Tractor Pull, which is limited to stock farm tractors from 1948 or older.

Incorporated in 1976, LIRPF has been located by Itasca State Park since 1990.