|Around Labor Day, the Minnesota State Fair draws more than 100,000 people a day to the Twin Cities. At the same time, a perhaps less prestigious but just as proud entity draws 50-60,000 people labor day weekend to tiny Rollag, Minnesota.
When hundreds of thousands of dollars buys rides, rides and rides at the Minnesota State Fair, not a penny buys rides in Rollag. They’re all free! Rides there are and parades! Big parades, Twice a day!
Things tend to move slowly at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, but move they do! Nothing is on static display here, things work, and the people who work them seem to feel they’re...infected if you will.
Folks do jobs like shovel coal into a boiler firebox, not done by their gender years ago, and they get a kick out of it, and they’re civil in their interactions.
Yup, this is the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion. Two thousand people all of which are volunteers getting together to relive a little history and put on a show!
For four days at the end of summer, folks remind us of how we used to live.
Rollag: Steam Threshers Reunion will air several times throughout the month of March on both Pioneer HD and Pioneer Create channels. Enjoy!