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Heritage Acres Farm Museum preparing to host its annual show

Heritage Acres Farm Museum will focus on transportation during its annual three-day show.
Horses, wagons, tractors and cars will be showcased during the 27th annual show, which runs from Friday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 3.
Exhibitors and artisans will begin setting up their displays at 12 noon on Friday.
A pancake breakfast will be served from 7-9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a variety of field demonstrations.
Field demonstrations include old-fashioned mowing, binding, steam plowing, horse-powered baling and vintage threshing. There will also be a demonstration in the restored United Grain Growers elevator.
The Heritage Mall opens at 9:30 a.m. with a craft sale and exhibits, and children’s games get under way in Crystal Village.
Lunch is available at four different concessions, and a family history display is open all weekend in the Doukhobor barn loft.
At 1 p.m. the steam-powered saw mill will be fired up for a demonstration.
The Parade of Power is set to begin at 1 p.m., followed in the afternoon by the tractor pulls and the slow race.
There are different weight classes for the tractors, which pull sleds loaded with weight.
The slow race requires drivers to travel from the start to the finish line, going as slow as possible without stalling the machine.
A fund-raising steak dinner will be held Saturday night for one of Heritage Acres’ newest exhibits, the Vogelaar-Zoeteman barn that was moved to the site last winter from Pincher Creek.
A barn dance in the Dukhobor barn will follow the steak dinner.
Another pancake breakfast is planned for 7-9 a.m. Sunday, followed by more field demonstrations, the Parade of Power, tractor pulls and the slow race.
First established in 1987 as a direct consequence of the construction of the Oldman River dam, the Oldman River Antique Machinery and Threshing Club began rescuing many buildings that would otherwise have been submerged under water when the dam was built.
Since then the club has continued to add to the Heritage Acres site, and is now Alberta’s largest independent agricultural museum.
Buildings now include the Brocket grain elevator, a Doukhobor barn, Crystal Village, the Old Ashvale school, a village store, the old Jumbo Valley church, Heritage Station with its model railroad display, the Vogelaar-Zoeteman barn and a pioneer log cabin.

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