I went to the Albany Pioneer Days, in Albany , MN this past weekend.
Back when dad and I first went 40 some years ago, it was a mud hole as often as not; well , we have had a lot of rain this year and this year, or as my dad would have said -- It was a dam# mud hole 40 years ago and it still a dam#ed mud hole.
I did not spend time at the large flea market as it was mud hole and I am getting a bit worried about my other half as since last year she has really slowed down in how much she can walk.
But the show is now much , much larger, three days instead of two, as it seems in Minn. and maybe other places these shows are competing for who is the biggest and best.
Where as they used to have a lot of the big 1920s-1930s gasoline tractors sitting outside and rusting waiting for restoration, some how money must be out there to put the time and effort into these monsters.
There was over a dozen of the big gasoline engines running and in the parade; this is one of the main reason I love these shows the smell of their oil and gasoline, the sound of them running the way they make the ground shake when just being started much less rolling by.
I love the steam engines but these big old gasoline engines fascinate me even more. Most of these , including steam traction engines make a lot of noise when rolling but one owner showed that if you make a real effort to keep them well oiled with no excess slack or lack of grease they can be amazingly quite.
One very large steam engine rolled by and if you did not hear the steam blow-by and your back was turned to it, you would not know it was there; if my other half remarked at how quite it was.
Many years back I was at such a show when some one had let the water level get dangerously low. I heard the alarm whistle that they needed water now and stay away plus I saw that those big steamer which usually roll along at a fast walk at best, can, if need be, move along a lot faster than you think.
He raced up to the water tower, while his crew told every one to get away, as in the past some had blown up at such shows with fatal results.
The above were all represented there plus more.
The below steam engine was there giving out a sampling of beer named after the Harrison Steam Engine;Harrison Steam Beer. I did not get the details as he was very busy.