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Heritage Acres Farm Museum to host annual show

Old-time threshing equipment will be demonstrated during the 31st annual show at Heritage Acres Farm Museum. PHOTO BY FRANK MCTIGHE, THE MACLEOD GAZETTE

Stationary engines will be highlighted during the 31st annual show at Heritage Acres Farm Museum.PHOTO BY FRANK MCTIGHE, THE MACLEOD GAZETTE

Vintage farming equipment will be demonstrated during the 31st annual show at Heritage Acres Farm Museum.PHOTO BY FRANK MCTIGHE, THE MACLEOD GAZETTE

Stationary engines are the focus this year at Heritage Acres Farm Museum’s 31st annual show.
Visitors are invited to step back in time during the annual show, which runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-5 at the museum west of Fort Macleod.
Displays will show how the stationary engine was used in the early days of farming and ranching.
Heritage Acres has invited collectors of antique stationary engines to show off their restored machines to educate the public how ranchers and farmers overcame difficult problems.
“Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” awards will be presented to stationary engine owners at the conclusion of the annual show.
The annual show at Heritage Acres Farm Museum offers much more fun and entertainment.
Field demonstrations will be held at the museum on Saturday and Sunday morning, featuring threshing by two different machines powered by vintage tractors.
Guests will also see horse-drawn plows, harrows, mowing machines, cultivators, rakes and a hay loader at work.
A wire-tie baler powered by a stationary engine will be demonstrated as well.
The old-fashioned sawmill powered by a steam engine will be fired up for a demonstration during the annual show.
The annual show also features a demonstration at the grain elevator, the Parade of Power featuring vintage machines, a blacksmith shop demonstration, vintage vehicles and a tractor pull.
Activities for children include pedal tractors, nail-pounding contests, rope-making, ice cream-making, a straw tractor, wagon rides, horses and a playground.
On Saturday evening, entertainment gets under way at 7 p.m. in the historic dairy barn featuring pianist Kevin Fitzpatrick, singers Alyssa Barbero and Grady Brown, story-teller Jim Green and musicians Jim Pearce and Phil Lethbridge.
At 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Main Street at Heritage Acres, The Wrinkle Ranch Gang will perform favourite songs.
A craft market runs throughout the annual show in the green quonset.
Admission is $15 a day per adult or $40 for a weekend pass. Children aged 16 years and under are admitted free of charge.
To visit Heritage Acres, travel west on Highway 3 from Fort Macleod and turn north on Highway 785 for 8.4 kilometres.
Established in 1988 on a 180-acre site near the Oldman Dam, Heritage Acres Farm Museum is now Alberta’s largest independent agricultural museum.
Call 403-627-2082 for information.

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