The 37th Annual Railsplitter Festival

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In addition to the main event the National Railsplitting Contests that begin later today and go through tomorrow, there are lots of other activities.

You get the sense of a different life when walking through the various sites set up to demonstrate the prairie settlers lifestyle. Pioneers honed their craft skills and labored daily.

A barn raising was time for neighbors to share work and fellowship. Some young men wrangle the tools used to handle heavy wood beams.

Laundry is stirred in a boiling pot.   Hand stitching was both a practical and leisure skill.
Numerous sweet wood cooking fires fragrance the air, but food booths offer modern day sandwiches for festival goers.

In this simpler time, there was plenty of time for family.

pictures by Jan Youngquist




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