Hawk Museum hosting 25th farm show
WOLFORD – Rosalie Malnaa’s passion for the Dale and Martha Hawk Museum is manifested through hours of volunteering. The Minot resident spends much of her summer at the museum about seven miles northeast of Wolford.
Each year brings on a new project and a new chance to share the history of the Hawks and the surrounding north central region of North Dakota.
The museum is open seven days a week during the summer, but volunteers pour their energy into gearing up for three days in June. The 25th edition of the museum’s Annual Antique Farm Show is set for June 13-15 and typically draws between 1,500 and 2000 visitors – many antique farm equipment enthusiasts – from around the state, the U.S. and Canada.
“I do it all to see my threshing family,” Malnaa said. “People come from Canada, Wisconsin, Minnesota. We just have a big family visit and catch up. I couldn’t do all the work if I didn’t have that to look forward to.”
Malnaa is just one in a tight group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of the rural area and furthering the Hawks’ innovative nature and passion for restoring equipment.
“(Dale Hawk) was such a man,” Malnaa said. “He was way beyond his time.”
Malnaa loves seeing the threshers and other farm equipment come back to life, but the show isn’t just about the massive antiques. She’s been busy sprucing up the old Wolford School, which now serves as a place to display many of the appliances, instruments, photographs and furnishings of the late founders’ home.
The museum also includes the general store and schoolhouse from Nanson, a law library, a cook car, the Hawks’ residence in the 1930s through 1950s and a clock shop with hundred of clocks – many made by Dale Hawk’s brothers.
Dale and Martha farmed on the museum land near Wolford after marrying in 1937. He spent countless hours finding old farm machinery and restoring equipment no one else wanted at auction sales. He even designed his own snow plane.
A primary draw to the museum’s show is the loads of farm machinery, steam engines and classic automobiles Dale restored, including a 1912 Hackney Auto Plow from St. Paul, Minn. It’s believed to be the only remaining 1912 Hackney model running. Museum board president Lowell Johnson said members of the Hackney family saw the plow at the show one year.
“It was fun to watch them here because they were all over it like a pile of ants,” Johnson said.
This year’s show includes parades at 4 p.m. each afternoon, vintage wedding dress display, classic car show and shine, children’s activity at 2 p.m. Saturday and an all-faiths church serve at 9 a.m. Sunday. Indoor and outdoor space can be rented for the craft show and flea market.
BBQ ribs, prime rib and fried chicken will be served along with other fair favorites throughout the weekend. Camping is available and $10 admission covers visitors for all three days. Admission is free for children 12 years of age and under.
For more information on the show call 477-5522.
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