Blast from the Past

Nice crowds got a taste of life from years gone by at Anderson’s Threshing & Sawing Show.

Photos by Melanie M. Hedberg

This 1914 Russell steam engine made its grand entrance during the 24th annual tractor parade at Anderson’s Rock Creek Relics on Sept. 7. At right, Cody Gamble, 25, of Mora, is the proud owner of a 16HP steam engine and drives it with his cousin Orin Skramstad, left. The Russell  was used to demonstrate threshing during the two-day event. 
Duane Anderson has been driving his father’s John Deere Model C with a 3-row check corn planter for the past 75 years. This tractor plants corn on 36-inch spaced hills so it can be cultivated in both directions. Tractors as far as the eye could see were driven in the parade at the Anderson’s Threshing & Saw Show in Rock Creek. Over 200 tractors were on display, and the Cockshutt was the featured tractor during the 24th annual show. Blacksmithing, rug looming, lumber sawing, corn shredding and the 2013 Corn Maze were just a few of the many demonstrations and attractions at  the two-day event. These two young boys stopped for a “Kodak Moment” during the daily Tractor and Car Parade held at the Anderson’s Threshing & Saw Show. Driving their very own vehicle, it’s perhaps obvious they are John Deere fans at heart. Amidst the loud noise of tractors and farm equipment at the Anderson’s Threshing & Sawing Show, a low droning sound of bagpipes could be heard. Harris resident Maureen Puziewicz, a member of the Macalester College Pipe Band, entertained the crowd in full costume and with bagpipe music of years gone by.
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Tractors as far as the eye could see were driven in the parade at the Anderson’s Threshing & Saw Show in Rock Creek. Over 200 tractors were on display, and the Cockshutt was the featured tractor during the 24th annual show. Blacksmithing, rug looming, lumber sawing, corn shredding and the 2013 Corn Maze were just a few of the many demonstrations and attractions at the two-day event.