Root River Antique Historical Power
Association preparing to step back in time
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:40 AM
A talk and movie footage of farming practices more than 50 years ago will entertain Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show attendees during the 32nd annual power show set for Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20, at the Root River Antique Historical Power Association (RRAHPA) grounds northwest of Spring Valley.
The Root River Antique Power Show's daily tractor parade is a favorite among show attendees.
"We are going to have Mark Redding, from Indiana, come to the show this year. He's got movie footage of his dad farming in the 1950s, and he'll narrate...it's kind of a demonstration, but more of a talk about things. His father won three of five national mechanical corn-picking contests," said RRAHPA chairman Les Radcliffe. He will present at various times on Friday and Saturday during the show.
The show this year will offer a rolling lineup of all Minneapolis-Moline, Minneapolis-Twin Cities and Minneapolis-cousin brand tractors and implements, as well as any "orphan" tractors that happen to wander into the show.
The show encompasses miles of tractors of all brands, demonstrations of rosemaling, spinning, tatting, butter churning, rug weaving, crocheting, making lefse on a wood-burning stove, shelling corn, shredding corn, threshing, rock crushing, saw milling, blacksmithing and more. Tours of the timber-framed barn that was raised last year are now part of the show as well, and visitors may also wander through the farmhouse, the schoolhouse, the post office, barbershop and town hall, taking in the quaint familiarity of each building.
For the adventurous, there's a raffle drawing to win a Z Minneapolis-Moline or $2,000 cash, second place of $200, with a third prize of a Minneapolis-Moline 1/16th scale toy tractor, and a fourth prize of a Root River Minneapolis-Moline collectors' Red Wing bank. Dedicated flea market shoppers will like the sizable market set up on the grounds, and it's never too early to start Christmas shopping at the vendors' market inside the pole sheds just steps away.
Every morning during the show, there's breakfast from 7 until 10 a.m., offering pancakes and sausage or biscuits and gravy, and the tractor parade revs up at 11 a.m., an opportunity for show-goers to see all the tractors on the grounds while standing still. Tune-makers featured during the show each day include "One-Man Band, Lyndon Peterson," performing Friday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - the guy who's open to playing requests, JJ's Pickup Band from the Ostrander-LeRoy area, serenading on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Cedar Valley Bluegrass on Sunday during the 10 a.m. church service and the 12:30 concert.
Friday's opening day, so the opening ceremony is set for 9:45 a.m. There are games at 1 p.m., and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association has a 6 p.m. antique and classic tractor pull ready to go with two sleds - one is for 3,500 pounds and up, and the second is for 14,000 pounds and down. Participants are advised to "be on time because both sleds will start at 6 p.m." The rain date for the antique and classic tractor pull is Saturday at 5 p.m.
Saturday's got a busy itinerary, with the tractor parade, the Minnesota Horse Pullers Association Horse Pull, and the Kid Power Pedal Tractor Pull, sponsored by Podein's Power Equipment of Stewartville. Saturday evening, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association has sponsored free admission to Deer Creek Speedway.
Sunday's activities feature church services at 10 to 11 a.m., the tractor parade, the truck pull - both stock and hobby class, with a new stock semi class included - sponsored by Rochester Ford at 1 p.m., and the final raffle ticket drawing at 3 p.m.
Radcliffe appreciates the togetherness that the show brings for families, fellow tractor enthusiasts and people who become new friends. He commented, "The fun part is seeing people enjoying the show, relating to something that's part of things from the past."
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 RRAHPA Chairman Les 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, Sue Dougan for feature tractors and equipment at (507) 438-3693, Joe Schechinger for the truck and tractor pull at (507) 438-6639, Jennie Kovarik at (507) 259-1303 for inside vendors. For even more information, log onto the RRAHPA website at www.rootrivershow.org.