Horse Pull This Sunday!

The NFHC’s own horse pull will be held this Sunday, July 2, 2017.

9 a.m. weigh-off; Pull starts at noon

There will be three weight classes:

Light Horse Class

2,400 – 2,799 lbs.

Middle Horse Class

2,800 – 3,199 lbs.

Heavy Horse Class

3,200 lbs. and up

The Cookhouse will be open all day.

Diabetes Horse pull enjoys sunny skies

Besides its own horse pull, which this year will be held on July 2, NFHC also allows the use of its facilities to a horse pull which raises funds for the diabetic association. Shown here are a few photos of that event on June 25.

The weather dried up in time for this horse pull, offering a warm, sunny day. A good turnout of teams came to compete in all three weight classes.

Excellent day for Antique Tractor Pull & Show

May 27 turned into a great day at NFHC, with 35 tractors entered and a total of 89 hooks on the sled.The track turned out to be excellent with great traction which made for good competition. In the 6000 lb class there were 17 entries, and the king of the hill in the 14,000 lb. class was Mike Sanford with his Cockshutt  tractor.

Among those who drove some distance was Willy Versteeg of Milford, who had a good pull at 232′, 7″ in the 14,000 lb. class. One reporter notes that he had the loudest tractor, so that the flagman had to plug his ears. This tractor was previously used on big prairie fields. Included among the photos are the Foley family, with Bobby, little Brynn, and Robert on the tractor. Robert and Mike Sanford both had full pulls for the day. Dianna DeAdder, Esther Houghton, and Pat Reeves are shown selling tickets on a  quilt made by Ann Steadman. The last photo, taken the previous day in Kentville, shows the NFHC’s parade entry.

Organizer Jos Van Oostrum thanks all the volunteers who made this day possible.

All photos by Cora Anne Rogers.

Yes, the Antique Tractor Pull & Show is ON!

(Saturday evening, May 27:) Questions have been coming in as to whether the tractor pull will be held tomorrow, after considerable rain. The answer is YES, says organiser Jos Van Oostrum. Tarps had been placed on the track to keep it dry, the surface looks good, and the forecast is for a mix of cloud and sun. So… please join us!


























































Antique Tractor Pull on Apple Blossom Sunday

The Ninth Annual Antique Tractor Pull & Show will be held on Apple Blossom Sunday, May 28, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Cookhouse will be open, and there’s lots of free parking. Admission is $5, kids 12 and under free.

There will be trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

Rain date would be Sunday, June 4.

Please contact Jos at 902-679-9455 if you have any questions.


Record number of horses for Planting Day

The weather cooperated fully for the May 13 Planting Day, with sunny skies bringing out not only a good crowd but a large number of horses, including six teams of Percherons plus a spare, and a number of Belgians. An interesting collection of antique cars and trucks added to the show. Derek Wood’s entry in particular drew much attention, with his Canning Fire Department truck pulling a red trailer carrying a smaller version behind: a made-from scratch model that Derek made for his little grandson to drive some day. Two fields were plowed and harrowed before being seeded with oats. The photos, as always, tell the story.

The top six photos were donated by Beverly Meilleur, a Truro photographer.

She also took photos of each individual team with teamster, which are digitally available for a modest $10.

Planting Day May 13 (rain date May 20)

At our annual Planting Day, the land will be plowed and harrowed, and a crop of oats seeded. You can watch teams of horses and oxen, as well as antique tractors while they do the spring work the way it was done a hundred years ago.

There will be Antique and Classic Cars on site, and the Cookhouse will be open for business.
This event begins around 10:00 a.m. and runs at least halfway through the afternoon. Come and relax at a picnic table with one of our good hamburgers with fried onions.
Admission is by freewill offering for the Northville Farm Heritage Centre