The Mower County Historical Society is located on the fairgrounds in Austin and although we accidentally drove past the entrance the first time, the sign by the street shown in the picture below made us feel really welcome.
The Historical Society preserve and display a number of buildings on the grounds, including a school, a church, a log cabin, original fair buildings, and the Hormel building in the picture below.
We had no time to stroll the grounds, especially since we wanted to make sure we unloaded our equipment before rain came.
Dustin showed us to the Agriculture Building where Nancy and I set up quickly so we would have some time to get a close look at all the machinery on display.
Another bit of luck is that we were able to pick up our newest book, A Farm Country Picnic, from the warehouse the preceding week, and today would be our first performance of a show that included the newly released story.
I think that having a hay loader in the background is appropriate since the story begins with the family putting up hay with a hay loader.
After the show, people generously bought some books and waited patiently for me to sign them.
Dustin and I pose for a picture in front of the hay loader before Nancy and I have to be on our way to the Austin Library.
Nancy and I would like to thank Dustin Heckman, Executive Director of the Mower County Historical Society, for asking us to visit and taking the time to show us around. The grounds are really nice and we'd love to return during the fair some time to see all the buildings and equipment on display.