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The Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers (LIRPF) were incorporated at Bagley, MN in 1976, and mandated to the preservation and display of old-time rural- America, with emphasis on logging and lumber making methods of yesteryear, grain threshing, and other country related pageantries and procedures. From 1976-1989, an annual two-day show was held at the Clearwater County fairgrounds at Bagley. In 1990, the LIRPF relocated to it's newly purchased grounds adjacent to the North side of the Lake Itasca State Park, and within two miles of the Headwaters of the Mississippi River as it flows out of Lake Itasca on it's way to the Gulf of Mexico. The organization began holding three day shows after moving to the grounds. More then 30 buildings, most of which are rustic in their design and have been either erected or moved onto the twenty five acre grounds.

In 1997, the LIRPF purchased what is very likely one of the very last of the largest band-sawmills used during Minnesota's "glory days of Logging". It was used in the early 20th century, along with it's 340 horse power Murray Corliss steam engine. The engine has been restored to operating condition and work is progressing on the reconstruction of the sawmill.

For thirty years, the LIRPF has presented a country old-time music show on Saturday nights and since moving to the present grounds site a Friday night Gospel music show has also become a part of the programming. Music has always been a very important part of the LIRPF agenda.

The LIRPF is a family show, with a shaded playground and a building in which children may have supervised activity. A kid's pedal tractor pull is held on Saturday.

The LIRPF annual three day shows are always held on the third three day weekend ( Friday-Sunday) in August. The grounds are also open for a free public tour (10am- 12 Noon) on Saturdays from June until August.


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