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Esko's Lakehead Harvest Show returns to for 58th year

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Rebecca Provost tries to coax her tractor forward during the 2018 Lakehead Harvest Reunion Steam and Tractor Show. (File photo)

With antique tractors and demonstrations for traditional farming, saw mill and blacksmith techniques, the 58th annual Lakehead Harvest Reunion Steam and Tractor Show will return Friday, Aug. 23, to Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Nick Watry Farm in Esko.

Located at 70 E. St. Louis River Road, the festival began in 1961 as a way to preserve the memory and understanding of farming and harvest techniques of more than a century ago, according to its website.

The show got its start with featuring a single tractor and a threshing machine, but has grown to include multiple steam-traction engines, hundreds of tractors, a petting zoo and even an antique motorcycle show.

The festival now includes saw mill, blacksmith and grain threshing and butter churning demonstrations. The event features an antique tractor pull at 12:30 p.m. Saturday as well as a stock garden tractor pull and a kids pedal tractor pull Sunday.

Ryan Hansen, president of the show’s executive committee, said his favorite part of the event were the sites, sounds and even the smells.

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“You’re not going to see or smell something like this anywhere else,” Hansen said. “It’s a whole weekend geared more toward getting families there and doing things as a family and seeing the way it was done back then, but also learning how things have changed.”

Admission to the festival is $7 for a day pass or $13 for a weekend pass; ages 11 and under are free. Admission includes a wristband, button and a door prize ticket. For more information, go to lakeheadharvestshow.com .

2019 Lakehead Harvest Reunion Steam and Tractor Show schedule

Friday, Aug. 23

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily activities

4 p.m. Parade

Saturday, Aug. 24

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily activities

12:30 p.m. Antique tractor pull

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4 p.m. Parade

7 p.m. Evening church service

Sunday, Aug. 25

1 p.m. Stock garden tractor pulling contest

2:30 p.m. Kids pedal tractor pull

4 p.m. Parade

Related Topics: EVENTSESKOFARMING
Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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