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Lake Region Pioneers celebrate 60th anniversary

Published 11:21am Tuesday, September 3, 2013

On Oct. 8, 1954, three men from the Dalton area gathered together with friends, relatives and neighbors to hold a threshing bee. Those men were George Melby, brother Ralph Melby, and nephew Kenneth Bratvold. The event was held on George Melby’s farm southeast of Dalton. Although not advertised, over 500 people attended that first show.

Since those humble beginnings, the threshing bee has grown into an annual event. It is now known as the Lake Region Pioneer Threshermen’s Association and has its permanent home on approximately 40 acres of land on the edge of Dalton. The show is designed to demonstrate the methods and equipment used by the pioneers that settled the area.

This year’s 60th anniversary show in scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6-8. In recognition of its anniversary, the show will feature some special entertainment featuring 1960s music. On Friday night at 7 p.m., Denny Amundson will perform. He does a tribute to Neil Diamond, Elvis and other legends from the 50s and 60s. Amundson lives in Alexandria and has performed across the U.S. including Branson. The Roaring Sixties band will follow. They play 50s and 60s music also. Both events on Friday evening are free to the public. No admission will be charged to enter the threshing grounds after 5 p.m. for these performances.

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