Lakehead Harvest Festival brings history to life


The days when steam engines plied the railways, grain was threshed by the families that grew it and blacksmiths were as important as car mechanics will be recreated once again at the 57th Annual Lakehead Harvest Show in rural Esko on Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

The event, at 70 E. St. Louis River Road, features antique tractors, old gas engines and steam engines, along with log sawing, shingle making, grain threshing and butter churning. There’s a blacksmith shop, flea market, farmers market, stock tractor pull, all-day mini train and 4 p.m. parade every day, along with a Kids’ Corral, petting barn and more.

The Harvest Show, organized by Lakehead Harvest Reunion, an educational nonprofit organization, targets folks of all ages.

“Our goal is to not only bring back memories but to teach younger generations about antique agricultural machinery by demonstrating them right before their eyes,” touts the website,

Food served on grounds and gates open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Cost is a daily or weekend donation ($7 for the day, $13 for the weekend and 11 years old and under are free), which includes gate admission, wristband, event button and door prize ticket.