Minnesota family has special bond with Avery TractorWestern Minnesota (WDAY TV) - For those in Western Minnesota, Labor Day weekend can mean one last trip to the lakes...or a trip to the Western Minnesota Stem Threshers Reunion.
For those in Western Minnesota, Labor Day weekend can mean one last trip to the lakes...or a trip to the Western Minnesota Stem Threshers Reunion. And one family has spent years preparing for this year's theme, the Avery Tractor Expo.
For Daniel Roen, it was his dying wish for his 1915 Avery tractor to wind up in Rollag at the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion. Nine years later, it's a wish that has come true.
Rachel Morgan – Daughter of Daniel Roen: “The drive onto the grounds was most significant for my sister and I. It just brought back memories of everything this place meant to my Dad and how much he enjoyed restoring the machines.”
For friend Lance Nelson the three-mile trip to Rollag brought back memories, memories of the trip he and Dan made 55 years ago when they drove the tractor 92 miles to the Roen Farm...the tractor only goes three miles-per-hour. It took three days.
Lance Nelson – Rode Tractor 92 Miles in 1946: “The days were pretty long, but there was always something going on. You either stop to put on gas or use a lot of grease.”
Besides the hundreds of pieces of old farm equipment, this weekends Western Minnesota Stem Threshers Reunion will also feature one of the oldest steam powered carousels in the United States
Ellis Aakre – President Western MN Steam Threshers Reunion: “You can expect to see what we like to see, history in motion, everything from the late 1800's on up to relatively later model equipment.”
Thousands will flock to Rollag this weekend to witness century old tractors, saw mills and steam powered trains to relive the history of western Minnesota farmer.
Aakre: “Most people say you can't see it all in a few weekend.”
The festival starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. Gates open everyday at 6 a.m.