Steam era highlighted at annual Bruce County Heritage Association Steam and Antique Farm Show
Unknown / August 6, 2019 / The Shoreline Beacon
An outdoor flea market, a tractor pull, sparks show, horse show ring, a Ferrier with his forge and family fun are on the agenda for the Bruce County Heritage Association Steam and Antique Farm Show Aug. 16-18 south of Paisley.
The event is hosted by the Bruce County Heritage Association Inc., founded in 1993 to preserve, restore, collect, display and demonstrate antique machinery, tractors, equipment, artefacts, literature and accessories, relating to agriculture in Bruce County, and Ontario.
The 2018 show covered 75 acres with both working and static demonstrations and exhibits. This year’s feature is the International Harvester Company line of machinery and equipment, including the Mogel, Titan, McCormick-Deering and Farmall tractors.
Every year there are new and exciting features that and in 2020, plans call for another building to house the Lobsinger Threshing Machine artifacts and memorabilia that has been donated to the Bruce County Heritage Association by the Lobsinger family that lived nearby in Mildmay.
Many area farmers have threshed using these machines, remembering, how hot it was, or how many neighbours came over to your farm to help you thresh the grain and then enjoy huge harvest dinners, provided by the ladies.
These living memories and being a community is part of preserving the past for the future generations, not the current days of mega farms and the monster farm equipment.
The family fun includes demonstrations of four-horse team power to saw logs, cutting and binding wheat, using a grain binder, ploughing and disking.
Steam engines and the Rumely prairie tractor will plough using a Verity steam engine 8 furrow plough, and cut lumber at the sawmill, showing kids how pioneers added to the rural heritage.
The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre has a display on gathering information to trace roots back to the crown and the 1800’s deeds to the first Bruce County settlers who built sod huts before the first winters snowfall
The lifestyles program is offered mornings in the Memorial Building, as well as musical entertainment in the afternoons. This year, “Elvis” will be the main stage Aug. 17 presenting the countryside of Elvis.
This year’s tractor feature is the International Harvester Company, machinery and line of equipment, including the Mogel, Titan, McCormick-Deering and Farmalltractors.
The three-day event also features a Classic Auto show with many vintage vehicles on display.
The Craft building will feature a wide array of crafts, and expect long lineups at the local pie maker’s booth. Concession stands will also offer fresh-cut fried, wood-fired homemade pizza, and homemade ice cream.