During last year’s show, Jake Stacken, foreground, and Todd Juzwiak of Dream Acres Timber Frames and Tillers International frame the lower walls and floor support for the barn that is being built for the Root River Antique Historical Power Association, Inc., at the site of its antique engine and tractor show adjacent to Deer Creek Speedway northwest of Spring Valley. This year, a barn-raising will take place to complete the framing process. The farm site is a long-range project of the association with the farm house having a grand opening two years ago.  FILE PHOTO BY DAVID PHILLIPS
During last year’s show, Jake Stacken, foreground, and Todd Juzwiak of Dream Acres Timber Frames and Tillers International frame the lower walls and floor support for the barn that is being built for the Root River Antique Historical Power Association, Inc., at the site of its antique engine and tractor show adjacent to Deer Creek Speedway northwest of Spring Valley. This year, a barn-raising will take place to complete the framing process. The farm site is a long-range project of the association with the farm house having a grand opening two years ago. FILE PHOTO BY DAVID PHILLIPS
The Root River Antique Historical Power Association is being framed.

"The barn-raising is a new, one-time thing, and Tillers International and Todd Juzwiak of DreamAcres is heading it up...Tillers International is helping. The barn will be timber-framed and part of the farmstead we're replicating. We have a farmhouse, a corn crib, brooder house, and eventually, we'll have a hog house," said Root River Antique Historical Power Association (RRAHPA) Chairman Les Radcliffe.

He is speaking of the barn that will be constructed during the 31st annual RRAHPA Antique Engine and Tractor Show, slated for Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21, at the RRAHPA grounds west of Spring Valley and featuring the barn raising, Oliver tractors and hopefully some vintage military vehicles.

Tillers International is, as noted in its mission statement, a non-profit organization for international rural development, specializing in farming with oxen. Based in Scotts, Mich., at its Cook's Mill Learning Center, Tillers offers classes in appropriate technology farming techniques, draft animal power, blacksmithing and metal work, timber framing, woodworking, cheesemaking, and many other farming and artisanal skills.

The barn is patterned after the barn where they moved a wooden stave silo from the Harold Sween farm over by Bear Creek, said Radcliffe. It's now owned by Todd Bucknell, but most people know it as the Harold Sween farm.

The timber-framing process begins Friday, July 19, as the detail assembly of the timber frames is done, followed by the barn raising on Saturday, and on Sunday, the roof rafters will be built.

The antique power show is an effort of the members of RRAHPA to preserve the history of farming and rural life the way it used to be. The annual event allows visitors to see hundreds of various brands of tractors, sawmill demonstrations, ride the large scale model railroad, watch horse, tractor and truck pulls and the daily 11 a.m. tractor parade, visit the petting farm, the barbershop, the blacksmith shop, the flea market and swap meet, and take in music.

This year, the entertainer is yodeler Lonesome Ron. According to his biography, Lonesome Ron has performed with top names like Jean Shepard, the Queen of Country Music, Donna Douglas of the Beverly Hillbillies, and Les Gilliam. He has also shared the same stage with Jan and Dean, Marie Osmond, Boxcar Willie, the Kingsmen and Gary Lewis. Currently, he's appearing in the cable soap opera, "As The Corn Grows.

The tractor pull will be sponsored by the Great Northern Oliver Club, and is set for Friday, July 19, with registration at 5 p.m. and pulling at 6:30 p.m. The rain date is slated for the following day, same time and place. The truck and semi pull, sponsored by Rochester Ford, starts at 1 p.m. Joe Schechinger, of Red Sled Pulling, is in charge of operation. For more information, call (507) 438-6639 or (507) 433-3809.

Radcliffe estimated that the 2012 show drew nearly 3,700 people and entertained and educated each and every one. "There's just a variety of things for everybody to do and see - we have traditional sawmilling, threshing and corn shelling, and there's the farmhouse to tour. There are plenty of things for the kids to do, there's an exhibit building, crafts and flea market vendors...a wide variety. My favorite thing is the farmstead activities - they're my passion."



The Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show takes place at the RRAHPA grounds at 78715 255th St., Spring Valley. To reach the grounds, travel five miles west of Spring Valley on Highway 63 or 15 miles south of Rochester on Highway 63. The grounds' GPS coordinates are 43.7251167297363 and -92.4750671386719. Unlimited primitive camping is available, but those who wish to camp in the campground with amenities should make reservations by calling (507) 346-2342. Admission to the show for adults is $10 all weekend, and children under 12 years of age are admitted free. Show ground gates open at 7 a.m. each day.

Handicapped accessible parking is available, as are golf cart rentals, people wagons and on-grounds security. For more information on the show in general, contact Radcliffe at (507) 254-0622, for information on the swap meet, contact Ben Walker at (507) 261-3511, Mark Wolterman at (507) 440-0657 for information regarding gas engines, old cars, trucks and tractors, Traci Assmus for inside vendors at (507) 352-5551 or (507) 398-3898, and Andy Kappers, vintage military, at (507) 272-6724.