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

Winter Frolic coming up!

We will be holding our Winter Frolic on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (storm date March 4)

There will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, hot chocolate, cider, a wiener and marshmallow roast, a blacksmithing demo, and a snow hill.

Bring your sleds, toboggans, & skis! We have plenty of space in our wide open country location, with a close-up view of North Mountain on one side, and South Mountain in the far-off other side.

This is an event for all ages.

New This Year: Fat Bike demo! and Snowshoe Demo! by a representative of Valley Stove and Cycle. Also snow painting for the younger kids.

As usual, admission is by a freewill donation.

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Blacksmithing workshop November 5 and 6, 2016

Two men came to the first blacksmithing workshop held at NFHC, one of them from over two hours away. Instructor Carmen Legge taught the various aspects of this trade from theory through practice. Using NFHC’s forge, the participants learned how to bend and shape metal for various uses, and how to make simple tools for farm or household use. Below are photos of the event.

Anyone interested in a future workshop on blacksmithing, please contact info@northvillefarm.ca  Attendance is limited to two or three people at a time to ensure good hands-on learning.




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.