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Faron Wahl, Manager Time flies when you’re having fun. It also flies when you’re crazy busy. Between the two, it’s no wonder the season zoomed by so swiftly for us […]

Faron Wahl, Manager It’s almost upon us. The details packing the final days of countdown are coming together, and suddenly it’ll be Thursday. The start of Steam Threshing Jamboree 2017. […]

Faron Wahl, Manager We’re all about preservation. Conceptually, our organization’s motto has it covered: “Where preservation of the past is building for the future”. In practice, acts of preservation are […]

Prairie Village News  8/8/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Several weeks ago, I promised an update on the restoration of our carousel. As the news and plans have been shifting a bit lately, I’ve held off […]

Prairie Village News  8/1/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Here we are…. only a week away from the 24th annual Madison car show at Prairie Village. If you’d like to showcase your vehicle, you can enter […]

Prairie Village News  7/25/17

Faron Wahl, Manager As part of our staff’s fine work re-doing many of our buildings this summer, some of us were walking recently through our hotels, talking about what should […]

Prairie Village News  7/18/17

Faron Wahl, Manager A healthy portion of the traffic passing through our gates originates in our immediate region. We treasure and rely on folks from this area who have made […]

Prairie Village News  7/11/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Nothing is quite as disappointing as a stale cookie. If you enjoy cookies like I do, you anticipate and savor that first bite well before tasting it, […]

Prairie Village News  7/4/17

Faron Wahl, Manager The more I pause to contemplate the generations of stories surrounding us here, the longer it makes me pause. I often realize we’re not even scratching the […]

Prairie Village News  6/27/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Nothing ties an early 20th century village more directly to its own roots than the railroad. The beginning of nearly every settlement, as well as its hope […]

Prairie Village News  6/20/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Our Prairie Village gift shop sees a great deal of activity, particularly during school tours and on busy camping weekends. Bev, our shop manager, works thoughtfully to […]

Prairie Village News  6/13/17

Faron Wahl, Manager I’m a purist at heart. In past years as a scale railroading hobbyist, it disturbed me greatly to allow any details of questionable authenticity or mixed-era into […]

Faron Wahl, Manager The annual cycle of activity at Prairie Village, to the eyes and understanding of most, runs for a three-month summer and falls into dormancy during the other […]

Prairie Village News  5/30/17

Faron Wahl, Manager It takes dozens of behind-the-scenes details, organized methodically, to keep a place like Prairie Village humming. Nestled within those details are a few critical items such as […]

Prairie Village News  5/23/17

Faron Wahl, Manager For many years beginning in 1985, David Letterman’s show boasted the popular nightly “Top 10 List”. It became such a boon of late night TV that when […]

Prairie Village News 5/16/17

Faron Wahl, Manager We’re sure not getting any younger. Whether you’re a college student taking photos of our village buildings, a middle-aged dad spending the afternoon here with his family, […]

Prairie Village News 5/9/17

Faron Wahl, Manager Most of us find comfort in what’s familiar. Even the most restless and adventure-seeking folks tend to hold some inner longing for a certain amount of life […]

Prairie Village News 5/2/17

Faron Wahl, Manager For those who like to shop, there have never been more ways to get it done. You can visit your locally-owned business (excellent choice), major chain stores, […]

Prairie Village News 4/25/17

Faron Wahl, Manager You can certainly tell it’s spring at Prairie Village. The grass along historic main street is emerald green, camping families are staking their summer claims, and sunlight […]

Prairie Village News  9/06/16

Faron Wahl, Manager       What a magnificent season we have experienced at Prairie Village during 2016!       As it goes with the passage of time, we’ve […]

Prairie Village News  8/30/16

Faron Wahl, Manager       After months of preparation we suddenly find ourselves in post-Jamboree mode. What a great event to log in the books for 2016!     […]

Prairie Village News 8/23/16

      When a person anticipates all year the return of a favorite annual event, it seems like an eternity before the calendar finally rolls around to it. For […]

Prairie Village News  8/16/16

Faron Wahl, Manager The great Massey folks are going to be front and center with us this year, as we’re hosting the Massey Expo of North America during our Steam […]

Prairie Village News  8/9/16

Faron Wahl, Manager We’re about to witness a transformation. It’s an annual happening, but certainly one of spectacular proportions. It’s our transition into the Steam Threshing Jamboree at Prairie Village. […]

Prairie Village News  8/2/16

Faron Wahl, Manager A family from Omaha was touring the Village this past week, taking in each building with thought and conversation. While I like to ensure folks can meander […]

Prairie Village News  7/26/16

Faron Wahl, Manager Of the various traditions at Prairie Village, one of the least known to many is our school tour program. It’s been happening for so many years now […]

Prairie Village News  7/19/16

Faron Wahl, Manager The calendar says July is already down to its final two weeks. Additionally, Jamboree-related inquiries are suddenly coming my way several times daily. But for me, nothing […]

Prairie Village News  7/12/16

Faron Wahl, Manager There’s nothing quite like a steam whistle echoing across the prairie to make your day. Such has been the experience of many of us over the past […]

Prairie Village News  7/5/16

Faron Wahl, Manager We’ve been looking back all season at the fascinating 50 years that have unfolded at Prairie Village, and this weekend we’ll arrive at the celebration we’ve been […]

Prairie Village News  6/28/16

Faron Wahl, Manager With our grand 50th anniversary event less than two weeks away, there’s been a whole lot of “50” talk around here. Besides the obvious point that this […]

Prairie Village News  6/21/16

Faron Wahl, Manager You sweat. We listened. A couple of weekends ago, a number of good folks camping with us in our “north trees” had an experience less desirable than […]

Prairie Village News  6/14/16

Faron Wahl, Manager Anyone who has managed an organization (and is honest about it) will tell you their true strength lies in their staff. I can assure you it’s no […]

Prairie Village News  6/7/16

Faron Wahl, Manager Congratulations to our 2016 Miss Prairie Village – Cayden Eliason, and our Miss Prairie Princess – Sophia Sudenga! Who would have imagined, back when the Village was […]

Prairie Village News  5/31/16

Faron Wahl, Manager We’re pretty traditional here in South Dakota. While edgy trends punctuate the U.S. coastlines, we folks of the Plains hold closer to time-honored values. This is evident […]

Prairie Village News  5/24/16

Faron Wahl, Manager I was checking the village’s spring wheat crop the other day, as I like to do often, and was impressed with the stand. I pulled one healthy […]

Prairie Village News  5/17/16

Faron Wahl, Manager It’s been said that the 1960’s began to define modern America, and the year 1966 may well have defined the 1960’s. But in stark contrast to the […]

Prairie Village News 5/10/16

Faron Wahl, Manager It began with a tent, and lantern, and a camp stove. My wife and I started camping with our two children when they were very young (one […]

Prairie Village News  5/3/16

Faron Wahl, Manager A dark, shadowy figure has been hanging around the village for some time now. Anyone who is around much has seen him, but most don’t give him […]

Prairie Village News  4/26/16

Faron Wahl, Manager A sunny welcome to spring from Prairie Village! The calendar is about to turn to May, bringing with it the opening of the 50th anniversary season of […]

4-H'ERS Built Picnic Tables

LAKE COUNTY 4-H’ERS built benches and picnic tables for the historic Prairie Village west of Madison. Youth learned measuring skills and how to use construction tools like drills, wrenches, hammers […]

Prairie Village News 9/2/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager It seems that the just completed 53rd Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree was a big success. Judging by the large number of comments received, and observations made, it […]

Prairie Village News    8/20/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager Jamboree campers will be coming in this weekend and continuing throughout next week. We encourage early placement of the camping units in their reserved spots, and in […]

Prairie Village News  8/14/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager We are more than busy continuing to gear up for the 53rd Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree featuring the Ford-Ferguson Tractors, Trucks & Cars that is coming very […]

Prairie Village News   8/6/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager With the completion last weekend of the two highly entertaining Johnny Rogers concerts and the car show, we now increase our focus on the August 27-30 Jamboree […]

Prairie Village News    7/31/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager It’s going to be another very busy weekend at the village. We have the Johnny Rogers Country Legends concert tonight and his History of Rock and Roll […]

Prairie Village News 7/24/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager We look forward to being part of the Discovery Day activities on Saturday as there will be free admission to Prairie Village from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. […]

Prairie Village News 7/17/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager This Saturday is campground movie night which is free to all who would like to attend. The movie “Herbie And The Love Bug” will be shown at […]

Prairie Village News 7/07/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager With 126 camping units on the grounds, it was a busy 4th of July weekend at the village. The previous record high for campers that weekend was […]

Prairie Village News  7/02/2015

Stan Rauch, Manager With the 4th of July holiday about upon us, it will be an exceptionally active time at the village. We will have a large number of campers […]

Prairie Village News  6/18/2015

By Stan Rauch, Manager We certainly had a successful and enjoyable Northern Bull Riding Tour event last Friday evening with a record crowd of about a thousand on hand to […]

Prairie Village News 6/10/15

By Stan Rauch, Manager The Sneve Homestead house here at the village is in the process of getting a new cement foundation. It will be moved just 10 feet or […]

Prairie Village News 6/5/2015

By Stan Rauch, Manager The Miss Prairie Village/Miss Prairie Princess Pageant is this Sunday evening at 7:00 in the opera house. The participants have been practicing this week for what […]

Prairie Village News 5/29/2015

By Stan Rauch, Manager June is about upon us and we have a busy schedule of events during the month. The Miss Prairie Village/Miss Prairie Princess Pageant is on the […]

Prairie Village News 5/20/2015

Prairie Village News By Stan Rauch, Manager Last June the inaugural Prairie Village Variety Show was held in the opera house and it was a highly enjoyable event. Eighteen individuals/groups […]

Prairie Village News 5/5/2015

By Stan Rauch, Manager We are about to be off and running with the 2015 season at Prairie Village and we anticipate that it will be another exceptionally good one. […]

PRAIRIE VILLAGE NEWS  8/28/2014

By just about any standard of measurement, the just completed 52nd Annual Steam Threshing Jamboree was a big success. Judging by the large number of comments received, and observations made, […]