Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show this weekend

By Jennifer Bissell

There will be something for everyone at the 39th annual Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show.

There will be something for everyone at the 39th annual Root River Antique Engine and Tractor Show.
Scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 16 to 18, the event will take place at the showgrounds, located off Highway 63 just outside of Spring Valley, Minn.
In addition to antique tractors, the second feature this year is snowmobiles. 

About the association
The Root River Antique Power Association is a local organization focused on preserving historical farm equipment and farming practices from previous generations. The association shares a 100-acre space, which also has the Deer Creek campground and Deer Creek Speedway.
An antique sawmill was donated by a local family for the location, and an old granary has been converted into a farmhouse.
There’s always work going on at the showgrounds. 
“Most recently we built a building to house stationary engines. We don’t have engines in there yet, but it’s now completed so they can be displayed,” said Association President Les Radcliffe

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The rundown
The weekend’s entertainment kicks off at 10 a.m., Friday, July 16, when the Sisters & Company band takes the stage. They’ll perform again at 12:30 p.m. At 11 a.m., is the antique tractor parade. Games begin at 1 p.m. The antique/classic tractor pull starts at 6 p.m. 
Highlights for Saturday include Sisters & Company performing at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; the parade of tractors at 11 a.m.; the horse pull at noon; and the kid power pedal tractor pull at 1:15 p.m.
The weekend closes Sunday with The Cowboy Church of Cherry Grove church service at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; parade of tractors at 11 a.m.; and the raffle drawing at 3 p.m. 
First place in the raffle drawing is a Ford 8N or $1,500 cash. Second place is a pedal tractor while third place is a Ford toy tractor. 
Other scheduled activities include a flea market, swap meet, a Timberlin short line railroad ride, antique farm demonstrations, farmhouse demonstrations, a petting zoo and open blacksmith shop.
Demonstrations include Rosemaling, spinning, candle making, tatting, butter churning, rug weaving, crocheting, Norwegian Lefse on a wood-burning stove, shelling corn, threshing, rock crushing and more.
“We have activities for kids. We have the railroad to ride, and parents can ride that too. We’ll have demonstrations. At the grounds there’s a sawmill, we have a country store and a radio museum,” said Radcliffe.
“What we do is keep putting money back into the showground, adding buildings to our farmstead,” said Radcliffe. “We are a non-profit, so we invest the money back into showgrounds.”
For more information and admission details, visit rootrivershow.org. 

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