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Pig and Pull set for Oct. 1 at Prairie Tractor Museum

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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The 9th annual Pig and Pull fundraising event will take place Oct. 1 this year with the expectations of selling out of the 200 supper tickets. Last year was a great turnout with a lot of fun had by all. The tractor pull and pig roast supper are always a hit for Picture Butte and area residents. The 9th annual Pig and Pull fundraising event will take place Oct. 1 this year with the expectations of selling out of the 200 supper tickets. Last year was a great turnout with a lot of fun had by all. The tractor pull and pig roast supper are always a hit for Picture Butte and area residents. Photo contributed

People can enjoy a home-cooked meal and a tractor pull at the Prairie Tractor Museum just outside of Picture Butte. The museum is holding its 9th annual Pig and Pull fundraiser Oct. 1.


Pieter L. Van Ewijk, general manager for the museum, says planning has been smooth. With the event nearing, major details are finalized and it’s just the “nitty-gritty stuff” that remains.
“Our Pig and Pull will start out with the last tractor pull of the year,” says Van Ewijk.
Registration for the tractor pull will take place at 12:30 p.m. with the pull at 1 p.m.
Van Ewijk says the tractor pull will likely end at 4:30 p.m., but it all depends on the number of participants who register.
“We will have our concessions open — hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, chips, water, pop, coffee — and then we have a fundraising dinner in the evening,” adds Van Ewijk.
A supper will start at 6 p.m. with featuring two whole roasted pigs, with a silent and live auction following the supper.
This is an annual fundraiser for the museum.
“Funds raised will be towards operating and maintenance expenses
of the museum. This is our main fundraiser for the year, and we just picked up a cheque from Richardson Oilseed’s Charity Golf Tournament for $24,600 towards rebuilding the Bohne Building and building a replica of the 1930’s horse-drawn school van, both of which perished in a fire on Sept. 18, 2015,” adds Van Ewijk.
He says this is always a fun event for museum officials as they also use it as a celebration of the past year and its sets the tone for the following year.
“People should come out, because it’s fun, the last event of the year and to show support for our organization. I will be the emcee for the event, Dick Indenbosch (is) the auctioneer and Ron Svanes, our president, will be presenting as well. This is an exciting time for us, both as a fundraiser, outlining the successes we’ve had this year and to share some of the things we have lined-up for next year — our 35th anniversary,” adds Van Ewijk.
The Pig and Pull is always successful.
This year, they’re limiting it to 200 tickets for the supper. Van Ewijk says they expect it to sell out. People are encouraged to get tickets as soon as possible.
There’s no cost to attend the tractor pull. It’s $30 per ticket for the supper and people are reminded to bring money or their chequebooks for the silent and live auction following the supper. The supper will include the pig roast, potatoes, baked beans and corn on the cob.
“We are expecting a bidding war on one of our main items, a lunch date with Lethbridge MP Rachel Harder, who has been a great supporter of our organization over the past year,” says Van Ewijk.
All of the auction items are donated. This year there are also dozens of items in the silent auction.
To get a ticket for the supper, contact the museum at 403-732-5451.

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