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Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Celebrate 60 Years

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For the 60th year, the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers have brought the past back to life in Rollag, Minnesota.

Festivities kicked off Friday morning on the 210 acre plot, where anything and everything steam is the name of the game. From rare to historic and unique, the reunion has something for everyone.  

Highlights of the show include a steam powered carousel from the 1920's. The wood horses are even carved and maintained by hand, by the on site wood carvers like Carl Brekenfelde, who says preserving this history isn't just for the kids but the adults too.

"Brings back their memories of seeing the carousel when it was on the road, stopped in the little towns around and they had the carnival there," said Brekenfeld.  

Speaking of preserving history, Harvey Pelley is rebuilding a 1910 Marion - Osgood steam shovel. Some just like it helped dig the Panama Canal.

"We refer to ourselves as dinosaur veterinarians because this is defiantly a dinosaur, this is the last one of it's type and there's not much demand for people of our skills of re-building dinosaurs," said Pelley.  

Another thrilling highlight is the largest steam engine on the grounds. The old steam generator that powered the Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1906-1968. If you can't see it, you'll most likely hear it's whistle, as it's one of the loudest in the park.

The show runs through September 2 and is $20 for a weekend pass, $12 for a day pass and children 14 and under are free with a paying adult. All activities inside the park are included with gate admission, except for food and souvenirs.

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