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Antique Power Show to feature new buildings

One of the new buildings at this year’s Antique Power Show is from Hampton, Minnesota. (Star Gazette photos by Michelle Wirth)

The 26th annual Little Log House Antique Power Show, July 29-31, will feature two new buildings and a windmill. The Little Log House Pioneer Village has over 45 restored buildings that date back between 1855 and 1953. Once a year, the village is open to the public.

Steve Bauer, who owns the Pioneer Village with his wife, Sylvia, said the village lost two buildings to a fire this past spring. One was a storage building and the other was an old school building built in 1876.

“We don’t know what happened, what caused the fire, but … we had a couple empty spots so we replaced it with two more buildings,” Bauer said.

One of the new buildings was originally built in Hampton around 1890. Bauer said it was owned by Phillip Doffing, who used to sell John Deere tractors and Chevrolets. The building was taken apart and put back together at the Pioneer Village.

In addition to the building, Bauer said one of the top 10 collections in America will be on display inside of it.

“It’s a first class collection and I’m not going to tell you what it is, you’ll have to find out at the show this year,” he said. “Absolutely one of the best collections in the country.”

He did give away a little hint. He said the collection goes from the 1870s to 1950s.

The second new building came from Cannon Falls. It is called the Van Campen building and it was built in 1868.

Another new attraction this year is a windmill that reaches about 50 feet in height. Bauer said it is from Edgewater, Wisconsin. The Fairbanks-Morse Eclipse was located at a big train depot. Bauer said that after World War II, when electricity came through the rural areas, the railroad didn’t need the windmills anymore so they hired a group to destroy them.

“Five of these windmills in America, for some reason, got skipped,” he said, “They missed them.”

A windmill collector from Zumbro Falls bought this particular windmill, but the upkeep became too much for him. It will now be featured at the Pioneer Village.

The Antique Power Show will bring in spectators, exhibitors and vendors from all over.

“The three day event will bring in thousands of people from probably 10 different states,” Bauer said.

According to the show website, scheduled events include a daily pancake breakfast, parade, music, re-enactments by the Cannon Old West Society and a tractor and truck pull.

General admission will cost $10 per day, a weekend pass is $20 and children 12 and under are free. The show will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. More information about the show, including a complete event schedule, is available at

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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