Steam Thresher's Reunion leads to special proposalRollag, MN (WDAY TV) - You might not guess it, but the Steam Threshers Reunion is also a popular place for a love connection. Many couples have met, gotten engaged, or had weddings at the reunion over the years. This year was no exception.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Rollag, MN (WDAY TV) - You might not guess it, but the Steam Threshers Reunion is also a popular place for a love connection. Many couples have met, gotten engaged, or had weddings at the reunion over the years. This year was no exception.
With the smell of coal burning in the air, steam engines putt-putted by excited spectators in Rollag. But none were as excited as Amanda Drewlow. Her boyfriend, Corey Melott, took the opportunity to ask for her hand in marriage.
Drewlow has been a member of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers practically since birth.
Amanda Drewlow: “I've been a member since my first show was when I was nine months old. I grew up here. This is kind of my home away from home."
Corey Melott: "She's had a lot of memories here. It's something that we both enjoy and we can have memories to enjoy in the future, too."
This isn't the first time there's been a proposal at the reunion. Some couples have even had their weddings here among the steam and the dust.
Eileen Todahl - Secretary: "Sparks fly! Literally!"
Reunion secretary Eileen Todahl says she can think of at least ten couples who celebrated landmark moments here. In fact, she and her fiancé Tim Dachtera are among them. They met at the reunion several years ago.
Eileen Todahl: "A couple years ago we got engaged by this steam engine."
The two are deeply involved with the annual event. Todahl as secretary, and Dachtera as videographer.
Todahl says she thinks the amount of time spent here is part of why so many couples meet and marry among the steam engines.
Eileen Todahl: "I think most people realize that if you're going to be really involved in this show you need a spouse that's just as involved."