(l-r) Cheque presentation with Oldman River Antique Equipment and Threshing Club Executive Director Mark Barber, Past President Rob Mitchell, MLA Pat Stier, and Directors Ken Lewis, Ken Harness and Michael Cousineau
|Zoeteman/Vogelaar Barn (front), spring 2016|
Barn move video, February 2014
The grant was awarded through the Alberta Culture and Tourism's Community Facility Enhancement (CFEP) Program, which "assists with fostering the unique characteristics of Alberta's many communities" and is earmarked for cement flooring for both of the barns that make up the whole of the Zoeteman/Vogelaar Barn "complex". According to Past President and Barn Chairman Rob "He's History" Mitchell the ground floor of the project will be turned into a dairy display and storage facility.
Restoration of Zoeteman/Vogelaar Barn (rear view) well underway
"This particular grant (CFEP) has really helped Heritage Acres through the years," explained ORAETC Director Ken Lewis. "This blue building (the large multi-purpose Main Display building) was built with the same grant." It was completed in 2008.
|Main Display Building entrance (2015 file photo)|
This year Heritage Acres celebrates 29 years of operation. Organizers are preparing for their upcoming Annual Show, to be held July 29 - 31. The Fall Fair will be held November 17. The Christmas Candlelight Church Service will be held December 2, followed the next day with Breakfast with Santa.
One section of the planned Dairy Exhibit
Heritage Acres has also retaken the reins to the popular Chuckwagon Cookout this June, which will return to the Heritage Acres grounds and feature horse-related events. The proceeds from that event are expected to help with matching grants. Work-in-kind is expected to match approximately 80% of the current CFEP grant.
New this year, Mark Barber has been appointed as the new Executive Director for Heritage Acres. Barber is a Town of Pincher Creek Councillor and works at Pincher Creek's Alberta Treasury Branch. "Mark is strong on managing things and finance..." explained Ken Lewis, adding that Barber is being mentored on the museum side of things by Heritage Acres stalwart Rick Bell.
|The Happy Farmer|
|Andrews Log House Summer 2015|
|Andrews Log House Spring 2016|
Also new this year at Heritage Acres is the Blacksmith Shop, which organizers hope to have ready for the Annual Show. It's located adjacent to the Doukhobor Barn. Renovation on the historic Andrews Log House near the Crystal Village is also well underway, with much credit given to ORAETC Director Ken Harness from his fellow board members. Harness has also worked extensively on repairing the Zoeteman/Vogelaar.
Heritage Acres is an ongoing project that continues to involve countless hours of labour from many volunteers.