Massey brand featured during 30th annual tractor show
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 5:00 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, start your Massey!
It's the year for Sawyer-Massey, Massey-Harris, Ferguson and Massey-Ferguson tractors at the 30th annual Root River Antique Engine & Tractor Show, sponsored by the Root River Antique Historical Power Association (RRAHPA). The show, which also features vintage motorcycles, is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 20 to 22, at the Power Association's grounds behind Deer Creek Speedway, west of Spring Valley.
In addition to Massey brands, visitors to the show will enjoy an endless lineup of Allis-Chalmers, Case, Ford, Farmall, John Deere, Minneapolis-Moline/Twin Cities and Oliver tractors, a daily tractor and equipment parade at 11 a.m., displays of antiques - including radios, classic cars, toys and tools, demonstrations of pioneer arts, tractor, truck and horse pulls, and tours of the old schoolhouse, farmhouse, barbershop, soda shop, post office, print shop and blacksmith shop, as well as many other old farm buildings.
"PULL!" is the word of the moment during the show, as there's a tractor pull, horse pull, truck pull and...OK, there's also the word "fling" when the hay bale throw contest takes place.
The tractor pull, using two sleds, is slated for Friday at 5 p.m., with a rain date of Saturday at the same time. The hay bale toss contest, open to everyone, starts at 1 p.m. Friday, and the next day's 1 p.m. event is the horse pull. Sunday's 1 p.m. event is the stock and hobby class truck pull.
Red Wing Bank is sponsoring prizes, too, including a Massey-Harris 50 tractor or $1,500 cash, first prize; $200 cash, second prize; Massey 1/16 scale toy tractor, third prize; and a fourth prize, Root River Massey collector Red Wing bank.
Live demonstrations on the weekend calendar include cedar shingle sawing, rock crushing, blacksmithing - watch as blacksmiths forge interesting tools and objects in the antique tractor-powered blacksmith shop - rosemaling, crocheting, spinning, tatting and rug weaving, farm home demonstrations of butter churning, corn shredding, and lefse-making on a wood-burning stove, steam engine and antique farm demonstrations of antique steam engine tractors threshing wheat, shelling corn and baling straw, and sawmill operation.
The Timberline Short Line Railroad offers a large-scale model railroad experience that includes "multiple tracks, realistic terrain, bridges and other structures," and for those who like things that go "BOOM!", there's the Civil War re-enactment, complete with cannon fire.
If one has time for a tune or two, they might "sit in the shade and enjoy some of the area's best music and entertainment," including the New Blue Denim Farmers on Friday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Sisters & Company on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and cowboy church services with the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church on Sunday at 10 and 11 a.m., as well as after lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Visitors' short stacks will enjoy the kids' toy tractor pull Saturday, July 21, at 1:15 p.m., during which they get to compete and come out a winner, no matter what their standing, and there's also a petting zoo for the little ones who like to meet sheep, goats, a calf and maybe even a donkey or llama.
Show organizers guarantee that there's an opportunity to "shop till you drop" at the RRAHPA store, flea market and swap meet, and there's certainly plenty to eat at the food booths throughout the grounds, so nobody will leave the show hungry.
The Root River Antique Historical Power Association's grounds are located at 78715 255th St., Spring Valley, five miles west of Spring Valley on Highway 63 or 15 miles south of Rochester on Highway 63.
Admission is $7 for adults all weekend, and children under 12 years of age are admitted free of charge. Gates open at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Les Radcliffe, chairman, at 507-254-0622, vice chairman and flea market coordinator Ben Walker at 507-261-3511, tractor and truck pull organizer Joe Schechinger at 507-438-6639, Ray Henselin at 507-259-2160, or indoor vendor coordinator Betty Shimek at 507-288-4532.