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Celebrating farming heritage

Wicked hot metal in an old blacksmith shop was a fascinating attraction at the Danielson farm on Sunday. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)1 / 2
Paul Christenson of Lester Prairie and Bob Williams of Alexandria fired up their corn sheller Sunday. They also had a corn grinder running nearby. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)2 / 2

The 30th anniversary of the Rose City Threshing and Heritage Festival was celebrated this past weekend, with engines sputtering, people visiting and lots of memories rushing back for folks who remember the good old days of farming.

The show is hosted at the Danielson farm near Rose City, where restored structures are open for tours. A variety of events are held throughout the weekend and farming equipment is displayed and fired up each year for the crowds.

This year’s show featured small gas engines and there were dozens displayed at the farm site.

Harvey Danielson started the threshing show 30 years ago by inviting neighbors to his farm to see his gas engines run and enjoy a picnic together. Harvey died in December of 2013 and his wife, Emmelyn, died this past February. They were an integral part of the annual show and they will be greatly missed, organizers said.

The Spruce Hill Foundation sponsors and organizes the event each year.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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