Old Barns and Barn Raisin’ ~ Resurrected

March 25, 2011

The “Over-60′s” Luncheon was a great success.  About thirty-five guests enjoyed a meal prepared by Becky Sehr.

Betty Mann’s ‘Old Barns’ presentation offered over 50 images of barns around the country including barn raising, barn art, round barns and some Rock County local barns.  Photos of the Fitzer Barn and barn art on an old Wessels barn are offered below. 

'The Fitzer Barn' at its new home on the Rock County Fair Grounds, Luverne, MN

Stan and Gert Wessels’ old barn provided an example of Barn Art. As Tammy Wessels Makram tells the story, many years later, “I believe that we were supposed to do some painting of the barn and I just decided to have a little fun with it. I don’t know where I came up with the idea of what to paint. A farm theme seemed appropriate.”


Pictured by their completed task are (l. to r.) Twyla (Wessels) Schilling. Tammy Wessels Makram, Tim Wessels, and Terry Wessels (front). The four Wessels "T's" completed the 'paint the barn' task with creativity.

The ‘barn art’ spilled over to Stan and Gert’s granary and at least one gas barrel.  Many passers-by stopped to enjoy it, including a bus load of folks passing thru.

We have added a Barn Raising photo and one of the Fitzer barn moving to the Fairgrounds.

Fitzer Barn moving into Rock County Fairgrounds


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