Friday, August 5, 2016

Heritage Acres holds 29th Annual Show featuring Ford New Holland machinery and much more

Heritage Acres 29th Annual Show
T. Lucas photos

Toni Lucas - Heritage Acres Farm Museum, located northeast of Pincher Creek near the Oldman River Dam, held their 29th Annual Show on the August Long weekend 2016.  This year the extravaganza held more than ever before.  Heritage Acres President Ken Lewis was delighted with the program and the turnout.  "We are honouring the Ford New Holland line of equipment this year.  We have a lot going on," he said.  In addition to perennial favorites like the Parade of Power, saw mill demonstrations, and tractor pulls, there was a working blacksmith shop demonstration, nail pounding, rope making, and a pedal tractor farm for the kids.  There was food in abundance including a pancake breakfast, a steak supper and dance, and concession areas on the grounds.  This was all in addition to the many historical displays and buildings open to the public on the site.

One of the annual delights is the Parade of Power.  Lewis explained it really is a journey through history from before motor driven machinery was used in farming onward to the present.  He was very happy to have Alvin Robbins demonstrating an eight horse hook-up team on the site.  "It's very unusual to see eight horses pulling a carriage. Usually it's two, four at the max."  This was one of many horse teams seen on the grounds this year.   "The parade starts with the horse drawn equipment.  Then we have Bill Ives will go through with his collection of six little tractors.  Then we have the Ford New Holland line, Then we will be bringing our regular line of antique cars and trucks, followed by the farm equipment."

Alvin Robbins win an eight horse hitch and coach

Flapjack flippers extraordinaire: MD Councillor Quentin Stevick, Town Councillor Jim Litkowski, Town Councillor Duane Filipuzzi, Heritage Acres Director Lorne Cooley, and Town Councillor Wayne Elliott

Large and enthusiastic crowds attended the daily tractor pull competitions.  Lewis said "We have got people from all over southern Alberta with their tractors here pulling.   I would say there is about 50 tractors pulling, with more interest all the time."

Tessa and Gord Pitt photos

"We tried to diversify," Lewis explained about the new attractions at the event.  "The field demonstrations are good, and still very important, but we have a horseshoe demonstration which is very popular, and we really got the small engines up and running."  One of the interesting demonstrations in the field had men stooking grain.  They took small bundles of hay and stacked them against each other so the heads could dry until they were ready for threshing.

T. Lucas photos

Maureen Mitchell was one of the many volunteers who made sure people had the option of a hot meal.  Summerview Hall offered stew and a bun along with a selection of pie and ice cream and drinks.  Mitchell said over 80 pies were donated for the event.  A few of the flavours included apple, cherry, saskatoon, raisin, blueberry, lemon.  "We have a good garden variety of pies."  Shopping from local crafts people and vendors was available at the market.

T. Lucas photos

Lewis said a lot of Ford collectors brought in a number of machines each.  One of those who brought in machines was Allan Millard, the owner of Call of the West Museum in High River.  He brought  a variety of Ford equipment including a Super Major 5000, Dexta, 2000 LCG, and H71 Select O'Speed Demonstrator.  He is well school on the history of  Ford.  "I've read it all, but I don't remember anything," he said, laughing. He immediately disproved that statement by pointing to a small green tractor which he believed to be the oldest ford tractor on the site.  "That is an 1918.  They started in 1917, but they only made one in '17.  They made 157 in '18.  I think this might be one of them."  Millard said he has been to Heritage Acres a dozen times and said he was having a great time.  "I always do. They treat you well here."

Vogelaar/ Zoeteman Barn

One of the crowning jewels of the site is the Vogelaar/ Zoeteman Barn.  This is a 15,000 square foot building of historic space which was moved to the grounds in the winter of 2014.  Now it has a new cement main floor, new flooring upstairs, a new roof and new siding. "That's really going to be an asset.  We are going to put a dairy display in the bottom.  We have enough money to do the siding, but we don't have the money to do the windows."  There are plans in the works to auction approximately 90 windows to help cover the cost.  "It will be a great venue for a lot of things," as the plans allow for open space which will be able to be utilized in a variety of ways.

"Every Thursday, we have our volunteer day," explained Lewis.  "We have anywhere from 10 to 15 people that come faithfully to do these projects."  Rob Mitchell was the chairperson in charge of the barn move and restoration.  "He spent untold hours working on this barn with a lot of volunteers.  The hours of volunteer work here are unreal.  We are supported, which is very good."

Ken Lewis inside the Vogelaar/ Zoeteman Barn

Heritage Acres is open to the public from 9:00 to 5:00 seven days a week until after the Fall Fair which is their next big event scheduled for Saturday, September 17.

If you want to donate equipment Lewis suggests, "We are a perfect place to give them to. We will store them, and they will be part of our heritage, down the road."  Executive Director Mark Barber can be contacted at or by phone at 403-627-2082.  Click here to visit the Heritage Acres website.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8/8/16

    Thank you for the Great Pictures/Coverage!


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