43rd Annual Show August 17th, 18th & 19th
Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers, Inc., is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and display of historic, rural/logging related Americana for the cultural, educational, entertaining, and heritage-related benefits of the public. Incorporated in 1976, LIRPF has been located by Minnesota’s Itasca State Park since 1990! Our organization holds annual three-day reunion/shows the third three-day weekend in August, hosting them on our 25-acre show grounds, which is located adjacent to the north side of Itasca State Park on Minnesota Hwy. # 200
The LIRPF grounds consists of 84 acres with 40 historic/rustic buildings. The grounds work began in 1988 and most of the lumber used in building construction has been milled and processed on site.
All year long the grounds of have volunteers putting in countless hours to prepare for the 3 day weekend. “Volunteers are not paid because they are worthless but because they are priceless.” The quote says it all the members and people on the board absolutely love this place. Preserving history and sharing it with other people is something that they find joy in and for a lot of them a way of life. Being able to preserve part of their life and share it with others so they too can continue to share it.
It is like another world down there for many people. A place where you can go back in time, a place to learn about history, where you have no cell phone reception and can enjoy life. For many people it turns into a time where they don’t want to see one day come to an end and are sad, not wanting to leave when the weekend comes to a close. Which has turned into a tradition over the years for many people and families to attend the event every year, drawing more people to the attend the event every year.
Every year the show starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. With daily activites for each day along with activites that are specific to each day of the weekend. The gates of the show open at 7 am each day. Friday includes Supper, County Gospel Show as well as the Pioneer King & Queen Coronation. Saturday starts off with Breakfast at 7am, Kid’s Pedal Tractor pull at 2pm, the Country/Old-Time Music & Supper at 5pm. Sunday begins with Breakfast at 6:30am, Worship Service at 9am, The Tractor Pull which follows the parade and concludes that show for the weekend. Events that are happening on the grounds everyday include: Logging, Threshing, Lumber Sawing, Blacksmiths, Threshing, Broom Making, Seeing the engines and machinery running, Making Birdhouses, The railway is always up and running during the show for people to take a ride on. Everyday at 1pm the parade begins.
"Lake Itasca Region Pioneer Farmers, Inc., is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and display of historic, rural/logging related Americana for the cultural, educational, entertaining, and heritage-related benefits of the public. Incorporated in 1976, LIRPF has been located by Minnesota's Itasca State Park since 1990."
At a little town called Bagley,
Where the Prairie meets the pine;
We had ourselves a threshing show,
Beneath the bright sunshine;
Our efforts were rewarded though,
For when the day was done,
We found more than 1,000 folks,
Had come to share the fun!
Twenty-five old tractors,
At the "Old Time Tractor Pull,"
How they entertained the crowd,
The grandstand, it was full!!
Al Johnson and his Advance,
Well, I think he stole the show;
When he paraded 'round the fields,
The folks with him did go!
Jerry Torgerson split wood,
He found no stick too big;
While Strandlien's natty old Ford Tuck,
Stood by one threshing rig;
To have its box filled up with grain;
As it poured out so clean;
and Willberg's team and wagon,
Were beside the other machine!
A certain well-known pastor,
With his "GP" green machine;
When he hooked on to pull the skid,
Ran out of gasoline!
Eyster, Haney, Trefz and Hoie;
Fittje, Madden too;
Fischer lent a helping hand,
And Johnson's not a few!
Iverson and Luggar,
Bilden, Chase and Sunderland;
All contributing their part,
To make a show so grand,
Eastwood was our thresherman,
Ole Ysen, too;
Jim Abraham sawed lumber,
With his effiecient crew;
Martine, Moen and Selzler,
Made their gas engines go!
Yes, we really had ourselves a time.
AT OUR FIRST THRESHING SHOW!
Our First Threshing Show