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Heritage Acres features International Harvester

Heritage Acres is hosting the International Harvester Collectors Club for its annual summer show July 29-31.
International Harvester agriculture equipment, tractors and trucks will be on display for the 24th annual show at the farm museum out by the Oldman River Dam.
“It’ll be a sea of red out here next weekend,” Heritage Acres general manager Bill Kells said.
About 200 members of the International Harvester Collectors Club Western Canada Chapter 38 will hold their annual general meeting at the show while displaying a wide variety of antique agricultural equipment.
“We’re very excited about this,” Kells said. “It’s the first time we’re partnering with another club. Chapter 38 have been alternating between Lacombe, Alberta and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for the past five years with their own independent show. Our vice-president and one of our directors went to their Moose Jaw show last year and we started talking with them about joining up with us.”
The International Harvester equipment will join horses, tractors and vintage cars in the Parade of Power on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and will also participate in the tractor pull Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Events get under way at Heritage Acres Friday at noon when exhibitors and artisans will begin setting up their displays.
Friday at 7 p.m. country music group Silver Saddles will perform.
There will also be live music in the Heritage Mall throughout the weekend by Playn Country, and Saturday at 8 p.m. there is an old-fashioned barn dance with the Alvin Berger Band.
Saturday and Sunday events begin with a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. which is included in the admission fee.
There will be field demonstrations, sawmill demonstrations, craft demonstrations and children’s games all weekend.
An IHC quilt and wall hanging will be raffled as well.
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, and a pioneer log cabin.

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