Pioneer spirit: Exhibitors, visitors brave heat for 55th annual Pioneer Days south of Eau Claire

posted Aug. 20, 2018 11:24 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Nate Jackson, Regional Editor |

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    Francis Urban of Bloomer checked out the 1940s vintage tractors at Pioneer Days in Eau Claire on Aug. 10.
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    Lilly Wahl, 16, of New Holstein, oiled her father’s 1921 Farquhar steam engine at Pioneer Days in Eau Claire on Aug. 10. The steam engine is one of only 12 of this type operating in the United States.
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    Ron Adams of Eau Claire sold vintage items at Pioneer Days in Eau Claire on Aug. 10.
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    Blacksmith Zachary Brandt made tiny spoons and swords that were available for $1 at Pioneer Days.
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    Blacksmith Zachary Brandt worked at the Pioneer Park forge Aug. 10 at Pioneer Days south of Eau Claire. Brandt, of New Richmond, started blacksmithing in just the last couple months at the recommendation of his girlfriend, Nicole Blomberg, who has been practicing the trade for about two years.
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    Tom Bible, also known as “Tractor Tom,” came from Black River Falls to put his classic tractors on display.

EAU CLAIRE — About 1,500 people braved three days of August heat to take in the Chippewa Valley Antique Engine and Model Club’s 55th annual Pioneer Days Aug. 10-12 at Pioneer Park just south of Eau Claire.

“Everything went well, but it was very, very hot,” said Connie Odegard, coordinator of the event’s flea market. “We went through a lot of water.”

This year’s Pioneer Days featured stationary hit-and-miss engines. During the event, the show ground is home to steam engines, wood sawing, a shingle mill, blacksmithing, threshing and a craft and flea market.

“We had a lot of treasure seekers and a lot of treasure sellers,” Odegard said.

Pioneer Days is held annually during the second weekend in August. Oliver will be the featured tractor for the 2019 event.

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