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Tractor gazing: The Lake Region Pioneer Thresherman’s Show in Dalton Sept. 6-8 will feature Ford tractors including a giveaway of a 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee tractor.

If you are planning on attending the upcoming Lake Region Pioneer Thresherman’s Show on Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8, here are three highlights of the event.

1. Feature display: The feature display this year is highlighting Ford tractors, with a 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee tractor being given away as the first prize in the annual raffle. There will be lots of other exhibits for visitors to see, including more antique tractors, stationary engines, the agricultural museum, the heritage museum, log cabins and an antique woodwork shop.

2. Live shows and parades: The Parade of Giants, a parade of steam traction engines, rolls through the ground everyday at 1 p.m. On Friday at 6 p.m. there’s a free concert by the Hainings, a trio that plays traditional country, bluegrass and folk music made up of former Fergus Falls residents who now live in Missouri. The Saturday concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and features The Danny Elvis Band with Danny “Elvis” Wagner performing classic songs from Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. No gate admission is charged to enter the grounds after 5 p.m. for guests looking to attend the concerts (exhibits and buildings close at 5:30 p.m.). Saturday at 2 p.m. there’s also a stock antique tractor pull and on Sunday at 10 a.m. there’s a kids tractors pedal-pull.

3. Flea market and food: Seeing all the demonstrations and exhibits will work up an appetite and Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church and Sawmill Cafe will be serving home cooked meals for guests in addition to vendors serving burgers, ice cream, pizza and popcorn. Home cooked lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while supplies last and there’s supper from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a pork loin roast supper on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Why you should attend

“It’s basically a look at history and the way things were done in the old days, keeping the old customs of machinery alive and working and letting the younger generation see how things were done back then.” — Jerry Renner, LRPTA member

If you go

When: Sept. 6-8

Where: 120 Threshermen Dr., Dalton.

Tickets: $10 a day; $15 for 3-day pass.

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