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Friday, 22 July 2011 08:23

Experience pioneer life during Heritage Acres 24th Annual Show

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By Susan Quinlan
Pincher Creek
Individuals looking for a weekend event that will transport visitors back in time, bringing the region’s agricultural history to life, should head to the Heritage Acres Farm Museum at Pincher Creek, July 29-31 for its annual event.


“This year’s annual show is shaping up to be much bigger than previous years. For the first time ever, we’re being joined at our event by another club; Chapter 38 of the International Harvester Collectors Club. About 150 members are bringing in between 75 and 100 pieces of equipment; many have never been on this site before,” says Bill Kells, Heritage Acres general manager.


“There’ll be a lot of red paint on the property, farming demonstrations using horses and our vintage steam tractor take place throughout the weekend, and the large collection of antique cars and trucks on display are always a big hit.”


Kells said the tractor pull should offer some exciting moments as well, as he’s heard a few of the younger people have worked through the winter building their “sure winners.”


This year’s parade of power will also showcase many interesting new entries.


“Our parade of power will feature horses, vintage tractors and antique cars and trucks, and will showcase many more significant pieces this year, brought in by our International Harvester friends.


“There will be live entertainment and good food available throughout the weekend, starting with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and the heritage buildings and displays will all be open for viewing as well.”


The Heritage Mall will be humming again this year with vendors, said Kells, with various craft demonstrations and a quilt show held both days.


The Red Barn Loft will showcase musical theatre Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and a barn dance Saturday night.


Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available during both days to transport people between events and also to tour the site.


As mentioned, start the day early both Saturday and Sunday with a free pancake breakfast, then on Sunday, feel free to attend a non-denominational church service in the historic Jumbo Valley Church.


Kells suggested visitors stay for the entire weekend, as non-serviced campsites are available.


“Come and stay for the weekend and enjoy the Friday night entertainment, Saturday night barn dance and start your days off early with a hearty breakfast. It’s always a fun event, but we’re expecting this year to be even more so.”


Heritage Acres Farm Museum is administered by the Old Man River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club, which is dedicated to promoting interest in and preserving the agricultural history of southern Alberta from 1880 to 1960.


Those responsible for construction of Heritage Acres are a remarkable group, Kells added.


“They’ve done a wonderful job; they’re a very active volunteer club.”


Last year volunteers finished construction of a 25,000 square foot display building to house artifacts from the agricultural history of the region.


“We also have a building with an entire antique car collection in it … eight Rios, one was in Indiana Jones, another one was in Johnny Dangerously, and Paschendale.”


Formed in 1988, the Old Man River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club has been active in relocating and restoring historic buildings and developing extensive collections of pioneer and farming related artifacts and archival material.


As their first major undertaking, the club relocated a barn to the Heritage Acres’ site in 1990, preserving it from destruction by construction of the Oldman River Dam. The club’s second major undertaking occurred in 1999, when they relocated a grain elevator from Brocket to the museum site.


Admission to Heritage Acres 24th Annual Show is $10 per day for adults or $20 for a weekend pass. Family admission is $25 per day or $40 for a weekend pass. Children eight and under are admitted free.


The daily admission fee includes breakfast.


Dry camping sites are available for $10 per day.


For more information or directions to the museum, just beyond Oldman River dam, visit http://www.heritageacres.org/ or phone 403-627-2082.

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