Then the Little Log House Antique Power Show is a must-see
One weekend a year, the Little Log House Pioneer Village south of Hastings comes alive, and what a sight it is. What started as a little house and a nice garden has grown into something much grander in scale.
The village now consists of dozens of landmark buildings, ranging from the 1950s-style Porky's Drive-In, the sign from the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage Grove, a one-room schoolhouse and an old-time saloon. There's a replica of the famed Hastings Spiral Bridge, too.
During the village's antique power show, always held the fourth weekend of July, those buildings are all opened up. Military re-enactors set up in a Quonset. Threshing machines are rolled out, car shows are held, tractor pulls entertain and bands play.
For anyone nostalgic for days gone by, it's well worth the trip. The 2013 version of the show is set for July 26-28. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is $10 per day.
The village keeps adding to its offerings, including the move of Porky's from University Avenue on St. Paul to Hastings in 2011. Early in 2013, the village was able to procure the sign from the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage Grove, which had closed to make way for a commercial development.
The show also includes a big flea market, several demonstrations, gas engines, a special display of turn-of-the-century fire trucks, a working blacksmith shop, a sawmill and beautiful flower gardens.
If you go, arrive hungry, as there are vendors all over the place selling great carnival-style food. There's a daily pancake breakfast on the grounds, too, serving until 9 a.m.