Coming up next: HARVEST FESTIVAL September 6, 2015

Plans are underway for this year’s Harvest Festival, to be held Sunday September 6. The main feature, as always, will be the harvesting and threshing of the NFHC’s crop of oats, using antique equipment only. If you’ve wondered how your ancestors gathered their grain, come and look! Combined with the harvest, there will be an ox pull with many teams expected from around the province. It’s quite amazing how strong these animals are.

In addition to that, several fun events and competitions will take place. There will be new classes in the baking and garden competition, while the knitting competition is being added as an entirely new feature. (See details below.) For children there will be a fish pond, face painting, and balloon animals, not to mention the sandbox and swing set. All members of the family can enjoy the Fur and Feathers display, and it will even be possible to discover how much your entire family weighs when you pile on the scale together. Another new challenge is to identify antique items by matching them to the story that goes with them – it’s up to you to decide which story matches each artifact.

No doubt there will be antique tractors, trucks and cars around, and each year the displays are somewhat different. Last year there was an antique bicycle, and an older man riding it. Who knows what’s next?threshing machine copy2013-09-01_12.21.34

Baking competition:

Classes: 1: dinner rolls, 2: rolled molasses cookies, 3: apple pie. Prizes: $25, $10., and $10 in each class, in grocery gift cards.

Garden competition:

Classes: 1: Attractive display of garden products, 2: Attractive flower arrangement. Prizes as above.

Knitting competition:

Classes: 1: Knitted hat, 2: Knitted socks. Prizes: as above.

All entries must be delivered to Heritage Hall between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 noon on the day of the event.

We hope our Harvest Festival will be part of your Labour Day weekend celebrations!

Hand mowing competition: lots of fun!

We held our first ever hand mowing competition on Saturday (July 25) under skies that occasionally dripped, but not enough to spoil the enjoyment of the event. Mowing grass by hand with a scythe is mostly a forgotten art, with small exceptions. This event was one of them, and a dozen competitors showed varying degrees of expertise. A few were experts, others had done it on occasion, and then there were the beginners who possibly enjoyed it most of all.

As the instructor told us, “Forget about the blade and just focus on keeping the blade low to the ground while making a circle with the end of the scythe”. Participants were judged on speed, style, accuracy, width of cut, and length of remaining oat stalks.

Besides mowing a 25′ length of oats, some of the more intrepid also tried mowing around a wooden chair, set into the crop with an empty bottle on it, and on top of the bottle, a raw egg. Any shaking of the chair naturally disqualified further participation.

Participants ranged in age from twenty-one to eighty years, with both men and women competing.


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Not just old guys at horse pull!

The weather could not have been better at the June 4 horse pull, with sunny skies making this the perfect day for relaxing in a lawn chair with a hamburger and drink while watching the horses go. As for the horses, many teams were so keen to pull that teamsters had trouble hitching them on to the drag. What was especially noticeable this year was the number of younger men and boys taking part, suggesting that horse teams don’t just belong in the olden days. As the photos show, varying ages were represented.


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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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