After cancelling due to rain the previous week, today’s horse pull began on a still-drizzly morning and a wet track. Another pull was happening at Conquerall Mills, and to top it all, one of the usual teamsters was getting married and therefore absent! However, some hardy folk did show up and the show proceeded as usual.
The photos show teams in the light class, as well as a couple of visitors.
If you’ve meant to visit NFHC but never quite made it, remember that we’re currently staffed five days a week from 9 to 5. You can let us know you’re coming at: firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up.
The 2017 horse pull will go ahead this Saturday despite a somewhat iffy forecast at time of writing. Saturday morning, horses will be weighed from 9 a.m. on, with the pull beginning at noon. The Cookhouse will be open all day. Admission by freewill donation.
Please note that Northville Farm Heritage Centre is currently staffed Monday-Friday from 9 to 5. After August 11, you can get a tour by appointment. Please check the Contacts page on this website, or send an email to email@example.com if your group would like a tour.
As the headline says, it’s too wet for a horse pull this Sunday. It has been re-scheduled for July 8, which is the following Saturday.
We hope to see you there!
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.
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.
(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!
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.
(PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS AND REPORT OF MAY 12 PLANTING DAY!)
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