Horse pull coming up on July 4!

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Northville Farm Heritage Centre

and its affiliate Western Nova Scotia Draft Horse Association

will present a

Horse pull

Saturday, July 4 (rain date July 11)

9 a.m. weigh-off

Pull starts at noon

The Cookhouse will be open all day

Admission by freewill donation

For more information, email:

4-H Judging competitions held at NFHC

Kings County’s 4-H groups held their judging competitions at NFHC on the evening of June 8. Members were challenged to not only rank the items or animals they were judging, but to give their reasons for doing so. Projects ranged from photography to baking to goats to miniature horses, and many others in between. The NFHC grounds and buildings provided plenty of suitable space, with larger animals outdoors under sunny skies, while baking and photography were indoors in Heritage Hall. Sometimes the story is best told in photos: see below.


Good attendance at Tractor Pull

Perfect weather helped ensure good attendance at the 7th annual Antique Tractor Pull & Show on Sunday, June 7. Lineups could be seen at the Cookhouse – after all, what’s better than a hamburger on a  grilled bun when you’re having fun? Cars and pickups similarly overflowed our newly expanded parking lot and down the road. One tractor enthusiast even shipped three tractors to the event inside a tractor trailer. There’s clearly a lot of interest in antique tractors and what they can do.

Below are some of the photos taken by Ron Corkum and Anne Rogers. If you weren’t there, you’ll get some idea of how things went. Some show tractors straining to gain another few inches on the track. There’s part of the crowd near the tract, the track being levelled between pulls, the new sign out front of NFHC (yes, the posts still need painting!), and people checking out the antique tractors on display. There’s even a real pretty car from the olden days!


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So who knew that the Porsche company made tractors too? At least, they did in 1960. This beauty pictured below was featured on NFHC’s float at the Apple Blossom Festival a week ago. It will also be at the 7th Annual Antique Tractor Pull and Show tomorrow. The event is expected to run from ten a.m. until three or four in the afternoon. Come and see us! Admission $5 for those over twelve.

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Sunny and warm for Planting Day

Although attendance numbers were lower than usual for Planting Day on May 16, those who did come enjoyed sunny skies and warm temperatures. The men doing the plowing and harrowing seemed to be enjoying themselves out in the field, including a visitor from Ontario who took a turn with John’s team. It was a day made for kids, who amused themselves with the swing set, sandbox, and of course the ice cream. In fact, it was almost too warm for hot dogs and hamburgers, witness the lineups at the ice cream booth. Our volunteer scoopers had their hands full. Ron and friend kept their fiddles going on what was newly proclaimed as National Fiddling Day, adding a lively background to the activities.

Oats will be seeded in the newly worked land, to be harvested later this year at Harvest Festival.


Planting Day

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May 16, 2015 (rain date May 23)

Watch teams of heavy horses and antique tractors plow, harrow, and seed the land.

Tour buildings and see artifacts.

The Cookhouse will be open.

Event begins around 10:00 a.m.

Admission by freewill offering for the Northville Farm Heritage Centre

Contact: (info at

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NFHC Executive returned to office

At their annual meeting on February 26, 2015, members of Northville Farm Heritage Centre returned the same executive as before: George Foote as president, Hank VanHattem as vice-president, Aart Veldhoven as treasurer, and Pat Reeves as secretary.

A couple of new directors were appointed, David Eye and Carl Parrish, while Wilfred Kinsman and Cathy Foley stepped down. For the complete list of directors, look under “Contact” on this website.



Sunshine for Winter Frolic

After all those back-to-back snowstorms we had, the sun finally shone for Northville Farm Heritage Centre’s Winter Frolic on February 21. The wind was still sharp but snow-suited kids didn’t seem to mind as they munched hot dogs and marshmallows, watched a blacksmith at work, or sledded down a steep man-made hill. Two teams of horses took turns on the sleigh rides, with a full load of passengers every time. Incidentally, both these teams, with their owners, will be seen in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. They had just spent fifteen days on the set for that series.

Only some of the adults knew the amount of preparation that had to be made for this event: men with big snowblowers and tractor buckets gathered on Thursday to clean off the parking lots and make a track for the horses through three feet of snow. Then, it snowed and blowed again on Friday, filling in those hard-won paths. Jos Van Oostrum was one of several volunteers on the scene at seven on Saturday, bringing his big snowblower to repeat Thursday’s job. Snow clearing was done just in time for the first arrivals at ten. Check the photos; to see if everyone had a good time!


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