MCGRATH, Minn. -

Some have called the White Pine Logging and Threshing Show a museum in motion. Steam engines and more bring back memories of days gone by.

The show in McGrath attracts nearly 4,000 people a year who all love to keep traditions alive. Each turn of an antique tractor puts the wheels in motion towards the way things used to be.

"It takes you back to a simpler time maybe," said John Langenbach whose family started the show.

The sounds of antique tractors may mean a lot of work, but they can also echo the traditions and memories of the land plowed by generations before us.

"It's fun educating the young people and stuff. They'll come see these things and just be amazed," said Langenbach.

The antique farm equipment and line of tractors are just some of the sights of yesterday at the annual White Pine Logging and Threshing Show.

"People will jump on the old tractor with you and say can you imagine riding it in the field all day and I say can you imagine looking at the back of a horse all day and not getting anything done? In a half hour in that big old tractor you did what the team of horses will do all day, so it was as new and modern as your tractors of today for their time," said Langenbach.

The Langenbach family began collecting everything from antique tractors to steam engines. They'd take them to local events, but aren't exactly sure who decided to start the show thirty-eight years ago.

"You never want to get into show business. You got to be a little crazy to be doing this. There's a lot of work and stuff involved," said Langenbach.

The show is named after a nearby tree that was once one of the largest in the state and it's also named after the White Pine sawmill, which was four miles up the road.

"White Pine kind of jumped in there and stuck," said Langenbach.

The past comes alive at the show's blacksmith shop, old church, and newspaper which still prints at the festival.

"The best thing that can happen when people come is to bring grandpa. Grandpa and the grandkids and they will hear stories they never knew existed," said Langenbach.

What began with eight tractors, now has grown to over three hundred.

"There's a lot to see. It's hard to see it all in a day," said Langenbach.

Listening to the old equipment is music to the ears for one generation who is passing it onto the next.

"Remember the blacksmith working in there? Pretty cool isn't it," said Langenbach as he spoke and walked with his granddaughter.

The show will host a tractor parade and dances at night.

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