Step back in time at this weekend’s harvest showLakehead Harvest Show 70 East St. Louis River Road, Esko Grounds are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 24-26 Cost: adults $7 each or $13 for a weekend pass; children ages 11 and younger get in free. Paid admission includes wristband, button and door prize ticket.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Bill Ritchie doesn’t look old enough to have attended every Lakehead Harvest Show since it began 51 years ago, but he insists he’s never missed a weekend.
“I was 9 the first year of the show,” said Ritchie, who now owns his own steam-powered tractor – his son owns six – and helps organize the annual event, held at 70 East St. Louis River Road near Esko. “It’s a good, educational, fun event. Come once, and you’ll want to come back every year.”
The Lakehead Harvest Show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Friday) through Sunday. While there are numerous displays and activities going on throughout the three-day event, they all have a common theme: to show how things were done in the past. There is sawmilling, threshing, blacksmithing, a flea market, shingle making, field work and potato digging, spinning, quilting and all kinds of steam- and gas-powered farm machinery. The grounds are handicapped accessible.
Highlights of the weekend include daily parades, the stock antique tractor pull Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and a garden tractor pulling contest at 1 p.m. Sunday to be followed by the “slow tractor race” at 2:30 p.m.
To get there from Cloquet and areas south, take I-35 north to Esko/Thomson exit 242, turn left and drive about four miles, follow the signs.
For more information, contact Josh Ritchie at 218-590-6839.