Plowing match held under sunny skies

As always, good weather was a bonus for the fall plowing match held October 15, 2016. Among those who attended was a couple from New Brunswick who would like to start something similar in their area. We were pleased to hear they’ve been reading our website, and have connected with John, our main plowing match organizer. They stayed for the roast beef supper, like many others. (You’ll see NFHC volunteers getting the meal ready in one photo below).

Judges were Roger Gammon and Budgie Trimper. In one photo, Tom Daniels (in red checkered shirt) explains the trophy which goes back to 1938. His father used to bring it home!

Young Tyler Daniels came with a team of oxen, adding another interesting note to this event.

The intent is to hold the annual plowing match at NFHC from now on, rather than rotating among three locations as was done in the past.

During the match a group of horseback riders from Sweet’s Horse Centre came through (see last photo).

We hope the pictures below are worth a thousand words.


Fall antique tractor pull saw many participants

Despite some glitches in publicity before the event that kept the number of spectators down, antique tractor enthusiasts must have spread the word among themselves. A large number of them came from far and wide to take part. The weather provided excellent pull conditions with no fear of a greasy track.
Jim Aten of Charlottetown left PEI at three in the morning with his Farmall Super H. Vistors from Antigonish planned to eat supper locally and stay overnight. The last photo shown below, with Mike at the wheel, scored the longest pull of the day. Mike says it was the first time this tractor has had its wheels off the ground.



Antique Tractor Pull this Saturday!

The Fall Antique Tractor Pull is ON for this Saturday, October 1. The weather looks to be okay, so plans are going ahead. Weigh-in starts around 8:30, with pulling at ten. There will be fifteen classes. As always, the Cookhouse will supply excellent hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as drinks and potato chips. Call Jos Van Oostrum if you have questions, please: Phone 681-3749  Email Cell phone: 902-679-9455.

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Harvest Festival 2016

(Scroll down to read about our Junior Jam coming up on Saturday!)

Great weather, good crowd, enthusiastic participants, face-painted kids running around – it was all there on Sept. 4. About 34 teams took part in the ox pull, a part of Harvest Festival that really helps draw a crowd. All went well for the harvesting and threshing of oats: the grain was nicely ripe, and the bags of oats sold at a decent price. Harvest Festival offers a rare chance to see antique equipment being used to bring in the grain while providing a photogenic  scene for visitors’ cameras.

The Cookhouse even ran out of some items, indicating a large attendance. Area 4-H clubs put on a display of bunnies and birds as part of the Fur & Feathers display. Inside Heritage Hall, a new cup & saucer display saw a respectable number of entries, while the relatively new flower competition also increased well over last year’s effort.

Here are a dozen photos to give you an idea of what took place.

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Results of the Ox Pull:

First–Wayne Newcombe Heavy Class Highest Percentage Overall
2–Melissa O’Hara First–Junior Tufts Junior Tufts
2–Nick Stewart
Light Class 3–Bonnie Swinemar Heaviest Load
First–Larry Ward 4–Randy Swinemar Stewart Veinot
2–Colton Tufts (Junior) 5–Robbie Hopkins
3–Robbie Dearman 6–David Russell Youngest Teamster
4–Nick Stewart 7–Brian Hebb Riley Reeves
5–Craig Beaver 8–Corey Fraser
6–Gregg Haight
7–Riley Reeves Extra Heavy Class
8–Chad Newcombe First–Colton Tufts
2__Gregg Haight
Medium Class 3–Corey Fraser
First–Junior Tufts 4–Stewart Veinot
2–Ryan Corkum 5–Robbie Hopkins
3–Jevon Arnold 6–Max Hiltz
4–Mark Roach 7–Kenny Grant
5–Michael Reeves 8–Austin Swinemar
6–Kerwin Arnold 9–Tyler Daniels
7–Jonah Hiltz

Junior Jam for musical kids on September 10

For kids who are fifteen and under, NFHC will be hosting a Junior Jam this coming Saturday afternoon. If you sing or play a musical instrument, maybe this is for you! This event is free for performers; adults can make a freewill donation. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. It’s in Heritage Hall, the first building from the parking lot along Steadman Road.

Don’t be shy about performing in public, as this will be a friendly, informal time for those who’d like to try out their skill in public. And after all, we have an 80-year-old man who has just begun singing in public this past year for the first time. He’ll show you how it’s done!

For more information, contact Aart Veldhoven at 902-678-2296.


Harvest Festival coming soon: September 4!

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Harvest Festival comes on September 4 this year, beginning at 10 a.m. Activities for the kids will start around noon. The Cookhouse will be open all day.

The important part of Harvest Festival is, of course, the harvesting and threshing of oats with our period equipment, drawn by horses and/or antique tractors.

A large ox pull will be held simultaneously with the harvesting, and we expect an excellent turnout. This event has drawn as many as forty-two teams of oxen in other years.

We’re planning a blacksmithing demo, fur & feathers show, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a Name That Tool contest. As in other years this asks you to identify some of our smaller artifacts. We’re also repeating our baking, garden, knitting, and flower competitions, with a cup & saucer display added for good measure. Please read the list below for details!

Baking competition:

Class 1: pumpkin pie; 2: white bread; 3: oatmeal cookies

Garden competition:

Class 1: attractive vegetable display; 2: strange or unusual vegetable

Knitting competition:

Class 1: pair of mittens; 2: knitted scarf

Flower competition:

Class 1: flower arrangement; 2. wildflower arrangement

Cup & saucer display: Bring your favourite cup and saucer, with a line to explain why it is special. The audience will vote for the winner.

11:30 a.m. -12:30 noon: all entries must be in Heritage Hall

(entry tags for all categories supplied when you deliver to NFHC)

Prizes: grocery gift cards!

Hot and dry for hand mowing competition

This year’s Annapolis Valley Hand Mowing Competition saw increased attendance and participation from last year’s first effort, making sure that this event is now established as an annual occurrence. With an ongoing drought plaguing the Valley, any concerns about rain were unnecessary. Participants came from miles around and included men and women of various ages. Top prizes went to Carmen Legge, Frank Ansems, and Peter Redden.

Below are a few photos to show what took place.

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Hand mowing competition coming up!

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The second annual Annapolis Valley Hand Mowing Competition is coming up on July 30. This is a good time to have some fun. Never mind if you’ve never held a scythe before – we have an expert on hand from ten till noon to give you some quick, personal instruction. You can practice until 1 p.m. when the competition begins. Of course the old-timers who have been mowing since the age of twelve will do better than you, but you’ll have just as much fun!

Those who have been swinging a scythe for many years will face some real competition. Can you mow underneath a chair that has a bottle standing on it, with an egg on top of the bottle, without rocking it down? Some of these mowers can, and you’re challenged to do the same.

Either way, you’ll have a good time, and a ribbon to prove you were part of this event.

(These photos were taken last year.)

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It didn’t rain on the horse pull


The much-needed rain failed to fall on July 2, and although farmers were disappointed, it was good for the horse pull.There were plenty of teams for good competition in all three weight classes – these photos show some from the middle size range.  The children amused themselves very nicely, while our treasurer and tour guide changed course and joined the live music.

Horse pull this Saturday, July 2

Yes, it’s this Canada Day weekend that our annual horse pull is being held. The weigh-off begins at nine in the morning, with the pull starting at noon. There will be the usual three weight classes. Our Cookhouse will be open, and admission is by freewill donation.

Come join the excitement! Below is a photo showing some of the teams at the 2015 pull.

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And an advance announcement on our Annapolis Valley Hand Mowing Competition, coming up on July 30. Get your scythes sharpened, and start practising in the long grass behind the barn. This is only the second year for this new event and we hope to see a good turnout.

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