WMSTR - Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

WMSTR - Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion In 2019, we will be featuring CASE engines, tractors & equipment and Jacob Haisch Gas Engines, plus the same old Rollag favorites you love! Please be sure to follow us for more details!

Welcome to Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion! Every Labor Day weekend since 1954, generations of threshermen & women get together to relive the tradition of the good ol’ days and bring the past to life for the enjoyment of young and old alike. Come to Rollag, MN next Labor Day and check out the show. We’ll see you at the Hill, ‘Where the Sun Always Shines in Your Heart!’ ADMISSION: $20.00 for a season pass (all 4 days) or $12.00 per day. Children 14 and under are free with a paid adult. These season pass is good for the entire show, and the day passes are good only for the day of purchase. $35.00 for primitive camping. This is a 'per-camper' fee, good for the duration of the time you are camping. OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.rollag.com. WMSTR is a non-profit organization.

Ladies of Steam, LLC
07/08/2019
Ladies of Steam, LLC

Ladies of Steam, LLC

👩‍🔧Collaboration👩‍🔧 Beyond excited to announce our teaming up with the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club to expand the movement of ladies involved with steam throughout the UK and Europe!

2019 - Case EXPO with Jacob Haisch EnginesCase EXPO - WMSTR 2019 - Labor Day Weekend
04/05/2019

2019 - Case EXPO with Jacob Haisch Engines

Case EXPO - WMSTR 2019 - Labor Day Weekend

Spring is just around the corner! We are looking for CASE equipment owners and experts who want to join in the biggest C...
02/20/2019

Spring is just around the corner! We are looking for CASE equipment owners and experts who want to join in the biggest Case EXPO at Rollag next Labor Day weekend. Send your questions and make your plans! We can't wait to get together with everyone for an awesome 2019 show!

Harford County Farm Bureau
01/29/2019

Harford County Farm Bureau

Hello!  Our 2018 DVDs are IN!  Pre-Orders have been shipped out earlier today, and should arrive before Christmas!  - Yo...
12/18/2018
2018 Memories On The Hill | Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

Hello! Our 2018 DVDs are IN! Pre-Orders have been shipped out earlier today, and should arrive before Christmas! - You may order your copy today online at https://rollag.com/shop/2018-dvd/. 60 DVDs have been sent to Larson Welding in Fargo too, available Wednesday for $15.00

Our 2018 DVD showcasing our Homebuilt feature. Over an hour dedicated to the interesting homebuilt equipment and interviews! Highlights of our areas as well

1975
11/13/2018

1975

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!! In accordance with the mission of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion (WMSTR), the Educati...
10/25/2018
2019 ROLLAGOLOGY EDUCATION – Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!!! In accordance with the mission of the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion (WMSTR), the Education Subcommittee of the WMSTR Board of Directors announces the formation of the School of Fine Arts, majoring in “Rollagology” (the study of all things Rollag)!!

What in the world does that mean??

WMSTR is starting short courses related to past technologies, that are similar to, but different than Steam School with the intention of offering them once every year.

The weekend of July 13-14, 2019 is reserved for an educational opportunity available for a limited number of people. On a first come first served basis 45 students will be able to attend, three, four-hour classes in areas demonstrated at WMSTR. The 2019 subjects are BLACKSMITHING, PERIOD CORRECT ADVANCED GRAIN SEPARATION TECHNOLOGIES, and STATIONARY INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION. All will be taught on Steamer Hill, at Rollag, MN. A four hour “free time” will be available on Sunday afternoon for students to return to their area of interest to visit with instructors or travel home. A summary of topics and class itinerary are laid out below.

Blacksmithing: You’ll learn the tools and metal properties needed to produce beautiful artwork. Members of the Northern Minnesota Metal Smiths Guild will assist you in basic metal forming techniques and give you basic information on heating and beating steel, ending in a project you take home with you. You’ll learn the “who’s who” of blacksmithing in our area and how to become more involved in the hobby. A perfect opportunity for the beginner and a fun ½ day for the novice. Instructors are Kevin Fettig, Keith Johnson, and TBD members of the Guild.

Period Correct Advanced Grain Separation Technologies:

You’ll get to see the parts of a separator laid out and explained to you in detail as to their function. There will also be many diagrams of separation technologies that were introduced early on and which ones were successfully put into practice. No more standing next to a threshing machine and wondering “what’s going on in there?”. You’ll be able to explain all the parts and their function. Furthermore, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your instructors during the show (Saturday, Aug 31) and tour the field threshing area discussing what you learned in class. Perfect for the hobby threshing show attendee, someone wanting to restore a machine or just become more aware of the inner workings of a separator. Instructors are: Gerry Parker, Todd Hintz, and Jeff Knutson

Stationary Internal Combustion Engine Maintenance and Operation: You’ll learn about hit and miss governors, engine timing and control. Magnetos and coil firing will be discussed in detail. Fuel systems and the parts that need maintenance to make your engine run well are covered. You’ll also learn where to go for parts, accessories and anything else needed to restore an engine. Perfect for the beginner wanting to know the basics of these old engines and the technologies that made them so reliable. Excellent source of information and knowledge for the novice wanting to restore “Grandpa’s engine” or “one that sits behind the barn”. The class is likely to change your view of these marvels of engineering forever. Instructors are Keven Withers, and TBD experts in the field.

Registration is currently open and will end at 2359hrs (11:59 p.m.) on 2/2/2019. Online registration is preferred by using the URL https://rollag.com/events/2019-rollagology-education/ and following the instructions within

The Postmark time and date will be used to determine registration order. A fee of $40 per student needs to be submitted at the time of registration for class materials, refreshments, facilities, transportation, and Saturday lunch. Any registration forms received in excess of the 45 students will be fully refunded. Once your registration is accepted, the fee is non-refundable since it is anticipated that we’ll receive more applications than there is room for and some people will be turned away. Saturday evening meal and Sunday lunch will be provided for an additional $10 and $5 respectively. Primitive camping is available and included in your class fee. Students under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Blacksmithing: You’ll learn the tools and metal properties needed to produce beautiful artwork. Members of the Northern Minnesota Metal Workers Club will assist you in basic metal forming techniques and give you basic information on heating and beating steel. You’ll learn the “who’s who” o...

Save the Date: WMSTR Labor Day Weekend 2019 - CASE EXPO!
10/03/2018

Save the Date: WMSTR Labor Day Weekend 2019 - CASE EXPO!

09/20/2018

MEMBERS: WMSTR Annual Banquet & Meeting is Saturday, October 27th at Hawley Lutheran Church. Committee Meetings at 9am. Banquet at noon. Annual Meeting at 1pm. You should get notification of specific committee meetings by postcard if your address is correct with admin. Thanks and see you there!

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**
09/16/2018

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!

**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!

**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**
09/13/2018

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!

**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!

**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**

fun panoramic view of the steam pit at Rollag - WMSTR 2018Can't wait to see you all next year for the Case Expo! Share y...
09/05/2018

fun panoramic view of the steam pit at Rollag - WMSTR 2018

Can't wait to see you all next year for the Case Expo!
Share your favorite moments from Rollag with #wmstr2018

09/03/2018

Thank you to all of our volunteer workers for making it happen and to everyone who came to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Rollag!!

Last day of WMSTR 2018! Make sure to share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #WMSTR2018!Two more parades to...
09/03/2018

Last day of WMSTR 2018! Make sure to share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #WMSTR2018!

Two more parades today with the announcement of our exciting 2019 EXPO!

Nothing beats an evening cruise on a steam engine! #rollag #wmstr2018 #nostalgia #steamisking
09/02/2018

Nothing beats an evening cruise on a steam engine! #rollag #wmstr2018 #nostalgia #steamisking

Women teaching women steam at #wmstr2018 #girlpower #steam #wecandoit #rosietheriveter #rollag Thanks @ladiesofsteam for...
09/02/2018

Women teaching women steam at #wmstr2018 #girlpower #steam #wecandoit #rosietheriveter #rollag Thanks @ladiesofsteam for putting together such a cool opportunity for learning about the steam hobby! ❤️

Two more days of fun at #Wmstr2018 👍 Check out the awesome homemade tractors and more up on expo hill! #farmlife
09/02/2018

Two more days of fun at #Wmstr2018 👍 Check out the awesome homemade tractors and more up on expo hill! #farmlife

Rise and shine it’s #Rollag time!! #wmstr2018 #steam #country
09/01/2018

Rise and shine it’s #Rollag time!! #wmstr2018 #steam #country

08/31/2018

Gates are open! We've had a lot of questions about admission:
$12/day or $20/season (4-day), Kids under 14 are FREE. Primitive camping is available for $35, plus admission for each person camping. 🏕️
Parking is FREE. Rides are FREE. Food at various stands around the grounds at decent prices.

!!Remember we may not be able to answer questions on Facebook because of poor cell service. So if you have immediate questions call 701-212-2034 or visit the admin building at the top of the Hill. See you at the Rollag!

The workers are getting ready in the woods! Showtime starts tomorrow! Remember to tag @wmstr in your photos and #wmstr20...
08/30/2018

The workers are getting ready in the woods! Showtime starts tomorrow! Remember to tag @wmstr in your photos and #wmstr2018 #steamsup

Great interview by one of our lifetime workers, Eric Nelson! We'll see you in Rollag! Only 1 day, 2 hours and 10 minutes...
08/30/2018
Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion is this weekend!

Great interview by one of our lifetime workers, Eric Nelson! We'll see you in Rollag! Only 1 day, 2 hours and 10 minutes until showtime!

Eric Nelson family started it all back in the 40's joins us to chat about this years reunion featuring Home Built machinery and Galloway gas engines.

08/29/2018

WMSTR 2018 feat. Home Built Equipment & Galloway gas engines starts Friday morning at 6am! 🗣️ Note to visitors and workers: Cell & WiFi gets really bogged down during the show. If you have a question during showtime, please call 701-212-2034 or visit the admin building at the top of the Hill. I can't guarantee that I will be able to respond to your questions in time on Facebook! 🤓 Thank you all and hope to see you at Rollag! 🚂🚃🚃🚃🚃🚃 -Crystal

08/28/2018

🗣️WMSTR Member/Worker Appreciation Meeting will be held on Thursday evening, Aug. 30 at 7:10 pm in the Nelson Building.🏅
All active members and workers are requested to attend. This is a special meeting, scheduled for only 20 minutes, so you can get back to your pre-show evening! Thank you for making Rollag the best steam show on earth! Let's have a great 2018 show! 👏👏👏👏

08/28/2018

Are you working in a food stand during the show? Please share menu & hours with us! 🍳🥞🍔🌭🍦☕

Members looking for registration hours or safety meetings? Please sign up and volunteer for at least a 4 hour shift EACH...
08/27/2018

Members looking for registration hours or safety meetings? Please sign up and volunteer for at least a 4 hour shift EACH day if you are registering as a worker : and if you operate ANY equipment including a personal vehicle or driving in the parade, you must attend a safety meeting.
3 Days, 23 Hours, 1 Minute until Rollag 2018!!

If you are bringing a HOMEMADE tractor or equipment, or a GALLOWAY gas engine to WMSTR 2018 feat. Home Built Equipment a...
08/20/2018

If you are bringing a HOMEMADE tractor or equipment, or a GALLOWAY gas engine to WMSTR 2018 feat. Home Built Equipment and would like a info sheet to hang on your machine, you will be able to pick one of these special posters to fill out with your equipment info at the EXPO building when you register your exhibit. Posters are limited and for featured exhibitors only, so make sure you get one right away!

We hope to have laminating onsite in the expo building so you can preserve your special poster and highlight your participation in the show. Thank you for exhibiting your inventions!

08/17/2018

⏰2018 Registration Hours⏰
-pick up your packet or register in administration building at the top of the Hill

Saturday, Aug 25: Noon-4 pm
Sunday, Aug 26: Noon-4 pm
Monday, Aug 27: CLOSED
Tuesday, Aug 28: 2-4 pm
Wednesday, Aug 29: 9-11 am & 1-4 pm
Thursday, Aug 30: 9-11 am & 1-5 pm & after volunteer mtg
Friday, Aug 31 (SHOWTIME): 7:30am-5 pm
Saturday, Sep 1 (SHOWTIME): 7:30am-5 pm

08/13/2018

First time visiting WMSTR? Got Questions? Many answers can be found on our website here: https://rollag.com/faq

If you have more questions, let us know!

08/13/2018

Contest closed. 10 Days, 20 Hours, 15 minutes until WMSTR 2018 feat. Home Built Equipment! Can't wait to see you on the Hill!

What is your favorite exhibit or what are you MOST excited to see at Rollag this year? Comment for a chance to win our last pair of season passes!!

Reminder to member/workers: You can still mail in your registration until 📣August 15th📣 to make picking up your pa...
08/08/2018
Volunteer Registration & Forms | Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

Reminder to member/workers: You can still mail in your registration until 📣August 15th📣 to make picking up your packet faster. Forms can be found here: https://rollag.com/registration-forms/

Thank you to everyone who has already sent in registration!

*Registration hours for Admin Building coming soon!

Special Event Membership: Please use this form if you would like to be an exhibitor at one of our events, and obtain a 1-year special membership, but not become a lifetime member of WMSTR.

08/03/2018

Contest closed. We love all of your great WMSTR ideas!

Hope to see you at Rollag, ☀️ “Where the Sun Always Shines in Your Heart!!” 🌞 Suggest your best Rollag saying or slogan to enter to win a pair of WMSTR passes! 🎟🎟🎠🎻 🚂 🚜

08/01/2018
What's your Rollag story?

Only 29 days, 16 hours, and 53 minutes until WMSTR 2018 feat. Home Built Equipment!

**THIS Video: is a bad quality recording of a recording...of a recording, I'm sorry! Hopefully I can get a hold of the original version eventually. From the 50th anniversary dvd (2003), my late grandpa, Robert gives a narrative of the (first) first WMSTR show in 1940. - Crystal Aakre

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**
07/31/2018

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!

**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**
07/31/2018

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!

**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**

Collection of WMSTR posters from the past years. Enjoy!

**If you have old posters you can share, please message us!**

Contest closed! Winner will be announced this afternoon.Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories!🗣️ We want to hea...
07/27/2018

Contest closed! Winner will be announced this afternoon.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories!

🗣️ We want to hear your generation story! Did you come to Rollag with your grandparents? Are you introducing your kids to the pioneer life at WMSTR? Maybe your grandpa was at the very first steam threshers reunion in 1954! Tell us your Rollag history! 👨‍🌾👩‍🌾

Photo credit: Chasing Dragonflies. Photography by Jathany Welter

Pictured: 4 generations: Former WMSTR president Ellis Aakre with his son & grandson working the separator from the late Robert Aakre (who was at the very first ROLLAG show!)

1959 poster from Julie Mitchell
07/27/2018

1959 poster from Julie Mitchell

2018 - Home Built Agricultural Equipment & Galloway Gas Engines WMSTR 2018 feat. Home Built Equipment
07/24/2018

2018 - Home Built Agricultural Equipment & Galloway Gas Engines

WMSTR 2018 feat. Home Built Equipment

07/20/2018

Contest closed! Winner will be announced this afternoon.

Who's ready to win some WMSTR passes?!

🚂 Tag a friend who you think NEEDS to come to Rollag this Labor Day weekend! 🚂

Jackie Clark's photo of Ned on WMSTR's Case 75HP steam engine at sunset
07/20/2018

Jackie Clark's photo of Ned on WMSTR's Case 75HP steam engine at sunset

WMSTR - Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion's cover photo
07/20/2018

WMSTR - Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion's cover photo

2018 posters have FINALLY arrived! You can pick up one (or a couple to share) at the mercantile on main street. Please d...
06/15/2018

2018 posters have FINALLY arrived! You can pick up one (or a couple to share) at the mercantile on main street. Please do not interrupt steam school while in session.
They are foldable with a handy mailer side so you can send to family and friends everywhere! Next week I will drop more at Larson Welding & Machine Co., Inc. in Fargo.

Only 77 days until showtime!!

**Thanks to a few people I 'borrowed' photos from: Jeff Henningsgaard, Chasing Dragonflies. Photography by Jathany Welter, Leaha Kraft Clarke - Bonanzaville - Cass County Historical Society :) **

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