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FAIRMONT – Heritage Acres will hold its annual Threshing Day on August 14th. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year, Heritage Acres will remember Ted Kittleson, Lola Talledge and John Hilgendorf; three founding members who have volunteered at the center for over 40 years.

In addition to watching the interpretive center use its titular threshing machine, visitors will be able to take part in many free activities.

Throughout the day, buildings on the grounds will be open and area collectors will put on a show of vintage tractors. Visitors can stop at the depot to see its miniature train. Trolley rides will be available to take families through the Heritage Acres property. A bouncy house and miniature train rides will be available for children.

Blacksmith demonstrations will also take place throughout the day, showcasing a variety of metalworking techniques to visitors.

At 11 a.m., volunteers will begin a teepee-building demonstration. Visitors who can lift the 25-pound poles can also have the chance to help with the construction.

Volunteers will also begin serving food at 11 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. The meal is the only item offered by Heritage Acres on the day of the threshing that is not complimentary and consists of a pork chop, baked beans, potato salad, potato chips, a drink and dessert, which will cost nine dollars, but these items can also be purchased on a piecemeal basis.

This year’s music will be performed by the Leon Olsen Show and will run from noon to 4 p.m. Olsen is a concertina musician who was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2013. The band plays a collection of early, polka, waltz, and country music.

Threshing will begin at 1 p.m. and continue intermittently until 4 p.m. or until volunteers run out of bales of oats.

“Oats have a grain, like making oatmeal. It has to be run through the machine and it knocks all the grain out, screws it into a trailer, and the thresher blows all that straw into a heap », said Heritage Acres President Jerry Simon.

The D&S Trophies will bring miniature pedal tractors for a children’s competition which will also start at 1 p.m. Different tractors and competitions will be available for different age groups.

While the organizers had planned for the plowing to take place between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., it had to be canceled due to the heat and the difficulties in bringing the horses in.

“It’s too hot to have horses plowing here, and all the public gardens are still here and we can’t cross them with the horses,” said Simon.

Heritage Acres has also invited over 15 vendors who will be selling handicrafts and other items.

One of the novelties of this year’s hype day is a series of railway speeders manufactured by Fairmont Railway Motors. These were donated to Heritage Acres by a collector in Colorado earlier this year and are now on display outdoors.

Heritage Acre’s next event will be its Fall Festival which will be held on the 3rd Sunday of October.



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Joseph K. Bennett