Steam Threshers Reunion 2012

So I got taken to the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag for my birthday. It was an entirely different kind of experience that I had only ever seen in movies; all those tractors and midwestern drawls!

I have no idea what this thing is called, though I’ve seen it in cartoons… Ottie and I got a chance to go down the tracks with this guy as our guide! It was so fun and got me excited like a little girl.

Stands are littered throughout the grounds to view the parade of machinery.

I love carousels, and being privy to its making was an eye-opener to the artistry of the wood carvings. I have to say that I liked the unpainted horses more though. It’s a little like how classical greek sculptures were gaudily-painted in their time, but the pure white marble? That looks majestic. However, carousels wouldn’t be that much fun just in shades of brown, so I find myself sitting on a fence here.

Carousel operating in the background, to the tune of this brilliant man’s composition.

I was one of those children who queued at the lumber place for a stick, and subsequently queued at the forge to get my stick branded. The initials WMSTR stand for the event’s name.

The press! They were super friendly and even demonstrated twice just for me how this machine folded the paper. There were also print blocks! The man tending behind those was so helpful, and I think they used Bodoni as a font after comparing them to samples of text up on the wall.

The thing about being in the midwest was the extravagance of land. Even coming from Los Angeles, the city of driving (because it’s so spread out), I would continually be taken aback at how much space there was for public use in suburban Minnesota. Also, just to indicate how Scandinavian that place was, I would have been the only asian for the entirety of that trip, if not for my sharpshooting eyes spotting an asian mother and son leaving the event just as we had arrived. XD


  • Mary

    That place looks amazing. I’ve never been to the midwest…well, unless you count Chicago where my brother lives, but that’s a city. I’ve never seen anything like this place. I’d love to see a printing press and carousel maker!

    Also, happiest happy birthday! Even if it’s like a month late. ;)

    • ✿ren

      Thank you Mary for the belated birthday wishes! XD
      It is! I was very taken with the sprawling land and abundance of nature at my fingertips. Writing that sentence just made me realise just how deprived I am as a person who’s so used to cities. Haha!

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