Gorgeous fall weather helps! (for the Fall tractor pull)

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Warm, sunny weather helped draw a good crowd to the 6th Annual Fall Tractor Pull at Northville Farm Heritage Centre on Saturday, September 27. There were 32 tractors entered, with drivers ranging from a young girl to older men. The atmosphere was relaxed as usual, with people enjoying the sun, the hot dogs, the socializing, and yes, the tractors pulling increasingly heavier weights. Announcer Gloria made sure the audience was kept well informed on each tractor, its owner/driver, the class currently underway, and the weights being pulled. The event was enhanced by a good display of antique cars and trucks, among which a tan coloured T-bird was especially appealing (wouldn’t we all love to have one?). People come from far away to show the work they’ve put into these old vehicles, as do the owners of the competing tractors. One reason for buying a rusty old relic and turning it into an authentic antique is to display it to the maximum number of viewers. Judging by the amount of work put into these vehicles it’s more a passion than a hobby. Cookhouse staff were kept busy serving their hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, and ice cream until the end, when they were finally able to relax a bit. (see second last photo above). Several families brought their young children, for whom the horse hitching post became an instant monkey bar. The sandbox and swing set also got a good workout.  One woman using a scooter told us she found the site totally accessible. There are ramps to all the buildings, including Heritage Hall where the toilets are. In fact, Heritage Hall on this day displayed a sturdy, brand new deck with steps and a ramp leading to the grounds. At their monthly meeting next week, NFHC directors will be able to pat carpenter Hank on the back once again. Below is a list of all the winners:

3000LBS  1st  John Aten,  2nd  Jeffrey Morash,  3rd Richard Morse

3500LBS  1st  Richard Morse,  2nd  Monty Hall,  3rd  Mitchell Aten

4000LBS   1st  Jacob Pearson,  2nd  John Aten,  3rd  Monty Hall

5000LBS   1st  Mike Huntley,  2nd  Mark Bowen,  3rd  John Aten

6000LBS  1st  Monty Hall,  2nd  Tim Griffiths,  3rd  Shane Kaizer

7000LBS  1st  Robert Foley,  Tied for 2nd  Sherri Wright and Shane Kaizer,  3rd  Tom Levy

8000LBS  1st Lara Kretzinger,  2nd  Robert Foley,  3rd  Carmen Salter Jones

9000LBS  1st  Sherri Wright,  2nd  Carmen Salter Jones,  3rd  Lara Kretzinger

10000LBS  1st  Carmen Salter Jones,  2nd  Lara Kretzinger,  3rd  Sam Neatby

11000LBS  1st  Fred Salter,  2nd  Carmen Salter Jones,  3rd  Alison Woolaver

12000LBS  1st  Fred Salter,  2nd  Mike Sanford,  3rd  Alison Woolaver

14000LBS  1st Mike Sanford  2nd  Fred Salter,  3rd  Alison Woolaver

Good turnout for Harvest Festival

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Harvest Festival 2014 was held under cloudy skies, but with temperatures warm enough for ice cream. It was a comfortable day to watch oxen strain every muscle, sit and listen to the lively fiddle music, or wander the grounds to check out the many artifacts. We can now say that visitors came from as far away as Iceland. Okay, maybe Harvest Festival wasn’t the main reason for their trip, but they very much enjoyed the oxen in particular. Around two dozen teams of oxen worked hard to pull yet another 200 lb. block, with the last ones pulling more than 4000 lbs. Quite a few young children with their parents were in evidence, especially around the face painting/balloon animals/fish pond area and in the Fur and Feathers barn where bunnies and little chicks were on display. Even the sawmill got a workout, with its dangerous 4′ diameter blade slicing effortlessly through lumber. The Cookhouse crew were kept busy. As for the produce competition, there were again a few more entries and organizers are hoping that word of mouth will drive those numbers up some more in 2015.

The photos above tell some of the story. They show a team being spurred to full effort by their teamster, Ron Corkum (centre) and Friends providing lively music, NFHC members demonstrating the sawmill, Cookhouse customers waiting for their burgers; the baking competition entries being judged, and one member of the face painting team showing off the snake around her wrist.

Don’t forget Harvest Festival This Sunday!

HarvestFestivalTime to make plans for attending Harvest Festival this Sunday!

Oats will be harvested during the morning, weather permitting, with threshing in the afternoon. Entries for the baking and produce competitions should be in Heritage Hall between 11:30 and 12:30, with judging soon afterwards. Here’s the classes for this year:

Baking competition: Class 1: whole wheat bread; 2: blueberry pie; 3: chocolate chip cookies

Garden competition: Class 1: seven string beans on a plate; Class 2: a variety of produce, attractively displayed Class 3: seven early apples, any variety, on a plate

(entry tags supplied when you deliver to NFHC)

There’s lots for kids and adults to see and do, and of course the Cookhouse will be open. Admission is by freewill donation and covers everything except the food. Come join us and have a good relaxing time.

P.S.: The quilting group which meets at NFHC every week will soon have a quilt for sale, at only $400. Come and see it too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tries for the baking and produce competition should be at NFHC between 11:30 and 12:30 Sunday, with judging shortly afterwards.

Quilting Bee ongoing at NFHC

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A rotating group of women – and one man – have been quilting at Northville Farm Heritage Centre every Wednesday. They are currently working on a quilt that will be offered for sale when completed (at the low price of only $400). Anyone wishing to join in for a few stitches, or just to watch this old craft being practised, feel free to join them any Wednesday. Or if you’d like to buy the quilt, contact info@northvillefarm.ca and you’ll be put in touch with the right person. On the photo shown here, Margaret, Diana, and Linda are stitching away.

Maintenance is an ongoing concern at NFHC and Wednesdays are already a regular work day there, with a core group of men looking after the lawns, repairs, necessary painting, and other tasks. As well, NFHC has become a sociable gathering place for older members who can’t necessarily hammer roofing into place any more. The second photo shows Carl and Aart taking a break from lawn mowing and whippersnipping.

Coming up very soon now: Harvest Festival on Sunday, August 31. Please see previous post!

Harvest Festival coming up!

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Our annual Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, August 31 this year. It’s a good chance for the whole family to enjoy a relaxed outing where there’s no fixed admission (a donation is requested). We’ll have the usual harvest events with horse teams and antique tractors, and a threshing machine that’s straight out of the early 1900s. You can also enjoy the Ox Pull and try identifying old tools in the Name That Tool contest. For kids, there’s a number of fun events like face painting and balloon animals, and of course we’ll have some fancy poultry and other livestock on display.

All ages can enter the Baking Competition and the Produce Competition, with prizes consisting mostly of grocery gift cards. For information on the categories, please email info@northvillefarm.ca or phone 902-678-7088 (leave a number if we’re not in).

The Cookhouse team will be serving their yummy burgers, hot dogs, drinks, and ice cream throughout the day.

Stroll the grounds and check out the large collection of tools and equipment that show how our ancestors lived and worked.

Do join us!

NFHC hosts fruit growers

DSCF0049DSCF0047 copyDSCF0044DSCF0026DSCF0038DSCF0030It should be obvious from the photos above that fruit growers had a good time visiting Northville Farm Heritage Centre on August 5, as part of their annual Orchard Tour. They enjoyed a chicken barbecue catered by the Wolfville Curling Club, while NFHC members functioned as tour guides, waste management staff, and cleanup crew. The predicted “30% chance of showers” held off, with a mild breeze keeping the temperature at a good level. This orchard tour serves to expose fruit growers to some of the best orchards in the Annapolis Valley, but is also a chance to discuss such problems as the fireblight that’s currently devastating some orchards. There seemed to be lots of discussions happening at any rate.

July a busy month at NFHC

Members of the Northville Farm Heritage Centre were busy during July, and not just on regular Wednesday work days.

• The July 5 horse pull planned for July 5 had to be cancelled due to the almost-hurricane storm which hit us that day, and was rescheduled for a week later. With many people just recovering from power outages and storm clean-up jobs, attendance was down, but those who did come seem to have had a good time.

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• On July 27, NFHC hosted an Atlantic Canadian Trail Ride Association event, with 33 horse entries, their riders, judges, and other volunteers. Some people camped on the site the night before, and had both breakfast and lunch on location. This was an all-day event with lively participation.

• For its grand reopening event, the Superstore in Kingston has borrowed some of our artifacts. These include a Massey Harris tractor and a cream separator. Signs with NFHC’s name will be prominently displayed, possibly till the end of September.

• Plans have been underway since early July for hosting the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Assocation’s annual Orchard Tour lunch on Tuesday, August 5. This event is expected to attract 175 or more fruit growers, their families, and commercial interests. NFHC staff will be on hand to answer questions about the artifacts, not to mention handling the waste management and related duties.

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Horse pull cancelled – for now

Thanks to bad weather due to a possible hurricane being forecast, the HORSE PULL SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY, JULY 5, HAS BEEN CANCELLED. It has been rescheduled for the following Saturday, July 12 (rain date July 13).

We at NFHC do our best to provide good events throughout the season, but we haven’t figured out any way to control the weather. Let’s hope the rather severe forecast is proven wrong!

Red Hatters visit Northville Farm Heritage Centre

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It rained all day on June 26, but a group of Red Hatters came to tour Northville Farm Heritage Centre anyway. Tour guide Aart Veldhoven walked them through the buildings full of artifacts, after which other volunteers provided a tea party in Heritage Hall. A group of Billtown area quilters at work fitted in perfectly with the old tools displayed there. The photos above will prove that all had a good time.

And by the way, those quilters are usually there every Wednesday, when there is a work crew on the premises anyway. Visitors are welcome to drop in and visit, ask questions about quilting, or ask someone to show them around.