Andersons Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing Show is held annually the weekend after Labor Day and features one of the largest displays of antique farm machinery in East Central Minnesota. In addition to threshing and sawing, there is an antique Tractor and Car parade each afternoon. You can take a walk through the corn maze at the tractor show, see working gas engines and buy a souvenir from the blacksmith or a woven rug from the rug weaver. Kids can participate in many game and craft activities at the Threshing and Sawing Show. Plenty of food and music to enjoy while watching the many demonstrations of how farm life was in bygone years. The Andersons invite you to spend the weekend at the Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing Show!
I’m Nancy Siefert, one of Duane and Judy’s four children. Brad, Dale and Jeanne,
the other three siblings along with thier spouses, all help with the Show to make it a success.
The community gathering at Andersons’ Rock Creek Relics Threshing and Sawing Show
takes place annually the weekend after Labor Day. My brother, Dale was married to Amy at the
show in 1994. It was a rush to get the straw baled in time for the ceremony.
We have had a second wedding at the show and a third is planned!
2012 will be our 23rd show!
In 1983, Duane, started his collection of antique tractors. Duane learned
to drive tractor on the model C John Deere when he was a little boy on the farm
and he still has this rare tractor. He checks corn with it every spring
and the 3-row mounted planter remains on the tractor. In addition to all
the Green and Yellow Johnny Poppers, the collection has expanded to include many
other makes and models, I think Dad was tired of being accused of being so
partial. The Minneapolis 35-70 gas tractor is the largest and many mistake
it for a steam tractor. My grandfather had one just like it that he
powered the sawmill with for many years. When this one from Iowa was
delivered one Easter Sunday, I crawled inside of the huge back wheel just as I
used to do when I was a child. What a thrill! We use Big Minnie to
plow with a 10-bottom gang plow at the show. Other makes we have are
Farmall, Minneapolis Moline, Fordson, Hart Parr, Rumely, Case, Avery, Allis
Chalmer, Oliver, International, Huber, Moline Universal, Coop, Massey Harris,
Cletrac, Twin City, Ford, and the Titan.
Duane’s tractors used in his custom farm business are also still a part of
the collection, of course we didn’t think of them as becoming antiques one day!
The stories to tell about acquiring some of these are fantastic.
Comparable to a good fish story!
The collection goes far beyond the wide variety of tractors. I have
accused Dad of being a little weak minded when it comes to plows. I’m not
sure how many he has and I’m not sure he even knows! The machinery
includes many mounted hay mowers, loaders, plows, planters, cultivators, and
corn pickers. Duane, Judy, and Dale have had a good time restoring manure
spreaders too. There are also a variety of balers and horse equipment on display.
In 1985, the building began. Converting the barn to a workshop was the
first undertaking. My grandfather, Clarence W. Anderson, was sure that the
barn would come down with the removal of the hay mow floor. He was the one
who would light the first fire in the barrel stove. Today, the shop is
kept warm in the winter and provides a cool haven in the summer for Dad as he
works tirelessly restoring tractors and machinery. My brother, Dale, lives
right next door and they spend till all hours some nights working on the
latest project in the shop. Most of the car oil changes and repair never
make it inside to be done because the shop seems to only be empty for the two
days of the show.
And the building goes on, some have kidded that we soon won’t have any of the
50 acres left to raise the crops on if the buildings keep going up. We
moved my grandfather’s sawmill to the farm in the fall of 1987, and it was up and
running in 1989, to begin sawing endless board feet of lumber for the many
buildings at the farm. Most of the buildings are made from rough lumber
sawn on the mill and have steel roofs. Many of these have removable
“windows” so that visitors can view the displays, lumber sawing, or the
blacksmith during the show. “Grandpa’s Shop” was built in 1948 by my dad and
grandfather and moved from my dad’s home place in 1987. My brother, Brad,
bought the log cabin at an auction west of Rush City. One little shed
called “Under Roy’s Roof” got its name when dad put to use the roof of a shed
the neighbor was tearing down. And then, there is the McKay School Wood
Shed complete with the names carved by students who attended the one room
school. I’ve watched as many who come to the show look for their name or
the names of those they know that carved their names as children on the woodshed siding.