By Frances Learment / August 8, 2018 / The Shoreline Beacon
Antique tractors, crafts, a flea market, entertainment, a parade and demonstrations of turn-of-the-century farming practices will promote and showcase Bruce County’s rich agricultural history August 17-19 at the 25th annual Bruce County Heritage Farm Show, staged south of Paisley on County Road 3.
The event also marks the 25th anniversary of the Massey Expo of North America 2018.
“We expect between 16,000 and 17,000 visitors over three days and have a calendar full of events for everyone,” said Farm Show publicist Ken Kelly in an August 7 telephone interview.
“The rich proud agricultural history of this area would be lost without an event like this,” Kelly said, recounting how in 1993 the event was a dream for members of the Bruce County Heritage Association who were involved with the annual International Plowing Match.
“We started small and by 1997 had purchased 113 acres of land to stage the event and store and display 95 large farming items for the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre,” Kelly said, adding the collection includes buggies, cutters, farm equipment and 500 agricultural artefacts.
“We have six concerts over the three days for entertainment, and will feature various food booths including a corn roast – the corn will be cooked by steam from a steam engine – a beef barbecue, and several service groups including the Port Elgin Lions Cub and Jackson Women’s Institute will serve food,” Kelly said.
There will be antique tractor pulls, ATV pulls, a teen obstacle course involving garden tractors, a pedal-power garden tractor pull for kids, and working displays of a steam shovel, an 1880 sawmill and model trains.
For 13 and 14-year-olds, there will be a confidence course to test their skills on a tractor, and 15 and 16-year-olds can enter a garden tractor pull.
Admission for adults is $10, kids under-12 are free. For a complete event schedule visit www.bruceheritage.com