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Tradition Runs Deep at Lakehead Harvest Show in Esko

Updated: 08/22/2014 6:20 PM
Created: 08/22/2014 6:07 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

You might call it a living museum.

"Hard work, it gets rid of my belly," Dick Robison said, who was working on a sawmill Friday.

The Lakehead Harvest Show is 53 years running and every year you'll find Nick Blotti with his 1904 Minneapolis steam tractor.

"It's our heritage," Blotti said. "If we don't know where we've been, we don't know where we're going."

Tradition runs deep at this show. For example, organizer Bill Ritchie.

"I started coming here when I was nine years old," Ritchie said. "It got in my blood and it will never come out."

Abby Grafmyre is already following in his footsteps. She was making bracelets to sell at the show.

"I made all the bracelets, but my aunt helped me," Grafmyre said. "I just love coming here with her."

Blotti has watched generations enjoy these turn-of-the-century trades.

"It's a family affair," Blotti said. "My kids, my grandkids, I also have great grandchildren now working."

His old steam engine isn't just good for giving rides; his trash can, steamed sweet corn is a fan favorite.

"Steam has turned the country for years," Blotti said. "Internet, computers and all the exciting things, we wouldn't have today if we didn't start with the mechanical machine like this."

The Lakehead Harvest Reunion continues Saturday and Sunday. You can get more information by clicking here.

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