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Family fun during 2013 Steam Engine Days


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

Kael Simpson, age 4, shows the candy he received during the Steam Engine Days parade to his Grandparents Mike and Bev Simpson of Chatfield, Minn. Kael is the son of Jim and Jennifer Simpson of Chatfield. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

The 61st Hesper - Mabel Steam Engine Days took place September 6-8, 2013 in Mabel, Minn. with residents and visitors enjoying all of the activities. The highlight of the celebration is the steam engines and tractors although there were many other events for people to participate in or to simply sit back and watch all of the excitement.

According to the event’s website, www.steamenginedays.com, Steam Engine Days began on a small scale in 1953 when a group of men from the Hesper area realized that “threshing” grain with steam engines was becoming obsolete with the introduction of the gasoline engine. These men did not want the steam engines to be forgotten so they began with an exhibition of steam engines and the celebration has grown tremendously in size since its inception.

Thursday, September 6, got Steam Engine Days rolling with a parade of tractors from Hesper, Minn. to Mabel followed by the “Buck Hollow Band” who performed at the American Legion Hall in Mabel. Music entertained the crowd on Friday night as well with the “Country Cousins” band.

Tournaments and contests got participants up and moving early on Saturday, September 8, with the softball tournament beginning at Loren Hawks Field and gardeners brought in their biggest and best pumpkins for the Pumpkin Contest. The third place pumpkin, weighing 366 pounds, belonged to Payton Schultz. The second place pumpkin came in at 440 pounds and was brought by Lonnie Pierce. The first place pumpkin weighed a whopping 530 pounds and the proud owner is Chris Schultz.

Choices of things to do on Saturday were not in shortage between the Simple Living Farmer’s Market where visitors could choose fresh products, the Mabel-Canton Senior Class 44th Annual Antique Show & Sale at the high school gym to find a treasure or two.

Other options for fun events were the Craft Show in the Steam Engine Museum Building which was filled to the brim with crafts, jewelry, clothing, and much more to admire and perhaps purchase and the Quilt Show in the Mabel Community Center showcased the talents and pieces of art which had been created by many. An interesting Model Railroad Show drew many people into the Jag Amdahl Building to view the running scale models.

Tractors and steam engines of every size, color, and age were on display in the Pa .....
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Minnesota/Wisconsin/Iowa Angus Field Day & Sale To Feature Orion Samuelson

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

The Minnesota/Wisconsin/Angus Field Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 18, at Larry, Margaret and Chris Miller’s Viewlawn Angus near Mabel, Minn. You will enjoy a day of fun and excitement for the entire family. The featured star will be Orion ..... 
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D&D Smokehouse the new place to be in Mabel

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Features

Since September, people in Mabel and the surrounding area have had a new place to hang out and eat great food. D&D Smokehouse, owned and operated by Darrell and Dee Peterson, are excited about their new adventure and the changes coming up in the futu ..... 
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Steuart Labs in Mabel turns 30 this year

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Features

Gary Steuart started his business thirty years ago in Preston. He later moved to Harmony, and as the company grew, he moved to Mabel in 2001. Steuart Labs now has three locations in the downtown area. The first product Steuart created was a pain ..... 
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It’s New 2 U brings retail to Mabel

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Mabel Features

Ever since October, people in Mabel and the surrounding area have had a local option when it comes to buying clothing and other items. It’s New 2 U was opened by Stephanie Liddiard, who owns and runs the Split Endz Salon and Spa in Mabel. Liddi ..... 
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