Horse Power event returns to Swensson Farm in September

Jessica Stölen-Jacobson
Montevideo American-News

The annual Horse Power Event returns to Swensson Farm this September 11 with activities happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year, the event did take place despite the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it was held as an outdoor-only event without an admission fee. This year, the admission fee returns. “As long as the virus maintains itself, we will have the in-house activities as well,” says Celeste Suter of the Chippewa County Historical Society. “That will be things like knitting, crocheting, Hardanger, embroidery, and things like that.”

Besides the return of the indoor activities not held last year, the traditional outdoor activities are planned once again including horse-powered demonstrations, corn binder, hay tedder, plowing, potato lifter, reaper, and more. “We have the pumpkin patch for the kids again, and we’ll have a lot of the usual items. The potatoes, because of a lack of rain may not be very plentiful, but we’re hoping to have a few,” says Suter. Additionally, Papa D’s Food Truck will return to the event this year, and the second year of vintage cars driving by as a part of the Yellowstone Trail Alliance Sociability Run will be occurring. “There's lots to do for all generations,” Suter says. 

A craft and antique vendor show will also be taking place. “Farmer's market and other vendors we are typically open to as well,” says Suter. Those who wish to sign up to be a part of the vendor show may contact the Chippewa County Historical Society at 320-269-7636. 

The Horse Power Event is a rain or shine event. “There will be people there helping people to park when they take their admissions. If masks are needed, we will provide some for them. Dress for the weather,” advises Suter.