The Chippewa County Historical Society announced the 16th annual Horse Power Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 at the historic Swensson Farm Museum. The museum is located 6 miles east of Montevideo or 11 miles west of Clara City on Highway 7, 5 miles south on Chippewa County Road 6, and 1/8 mile east on Chippewa County Road 15. Signs will be posted.

The popular event celebrates farming in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and focuses on horse drawn equipment. The 17-acre museum site consists of the preserved 1880s timber-frame barn, grist mill remains, family burial plot, and 1903 22-room family home.

Teams of draft animals will be on hand throughout the day to demonstrate corn binding, dragging, plowing, disking, raking, and potato digging. A parade will begin at 3 p.m. Horse drawn wagon rides will be available all day to move people throughout the site. Drivers will need to clean all touch points between riders, so patience is advised. Freshly dug potatoes will be available at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. For only $2.00 you can choose potatoes to put into your 5# bag. There is also a pumpkin patch for the children.

A harnessing demonstration and rope making will take place near the barn. A Wild Edibles Tour will be led by Audrey Arner at 11 a.m., meeting near the back porch of the house. A number of vendors will also be there. The Yellowstone Trail Alliance Sociability Run will also be traveling to the farm on this day, allowing a chance to see a variety of vintage automobiles.

Lunch will be available on the grounds from the Papa D’s Diner, and picnic tables are also on the grounds. Admission is free this year, but donations are appreciated. For information, contact the Chippewa County Historical Society at 320-269-7636 or by email at, or visit their web site at


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