Harvest Festival REPORT

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1917 Holt 75 HP with a 12 bottom John Deere plow.

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Reynolds-Alberta Museum Box 6360 Wetaskiwin. Alberta T9A 2G1

The farm machinery was humming and the ovens were hot! More than 3,700 visitors came to celebrate the historic sights, sounds and smells of bringing in the harvest at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, on Harvest Festival weekend, September 2, 3 and 4, 2000.

In spite of a few days of rain, more than 40 pieces of vintage agricultural machinery were operating and on display as the crew brought in the harvest. Visitors were excited to see the plowing and threshing demonstrations using steam traction engines. These impressive giants of the field also took part in a daily 'Parade of Power,' complete with lively technical and color commentary.

A working display of stationary engines, including a c. 1905 Galloway 5 HP and a c. 1906 IHC Famous 3 HP, was of particular interest.

Visitors also got involved in the activities: stooking, grinding grain, and being part of a human plow! Demonstrations also included flailing and winnowing.

Some took us up on the many opportunities we offered to learn how to bake bread, but everyone took the opportunity to sample a slice!

The fresh baked goods, produce and other offerings of the Farmer's Market were a big hit with visitors.

Here is a complete list of equipment on display at the 2000 show:

Tractors: 1914 Rumely steam tractor, 1911 Nichols and Shepard steam tractor, 1922 Sawyer Massey steam tractor, 1917 Holt Caterpillar, 1910 Fairbanks Morse, 1918 LaCrosse Happy Farmer, 1920 Rumely OilPull 12-20, 1923 Rumely OilPull 20-40, 1937 Allis-Chalmers Model U, 1944 John Deere D, 1949 John Deere AR, 1949 Massey Harris Pony, 1949 IHC WD9, 1953 Farmall IHC Super C, 1950 Allis Chalmers IB, c. 1950 Ferguson 35, 1918 Moline Universal.

Harvesting equipment: 1947 IHC thresher 22, 1947 Massey Harris 10 foot binder, c. 1945 IHC binder, c. 1940 John Deere binder, 1945 Allis-Chalmers Allcrop combine, c. 1920 McCormick mower, c. 1952 Massey-Harris swather, 1961 Massey Ferguson combine #72, c. 1950 Minneapolis Moline bull type swather, c. 1920 Call of the West antique separator, 1928 Oliver Red River Special 28' separator, 1924 Goodison 24' separator, c. 1935 John Deere grain elevator.

Field equipment: John Deere 12 bottom mouldboard plow, John Deere 10 foot AW disk, John Deere 10 foot cultivator, Diamond tooth harrows 4 sections, IHC one way disk, IHC side delivery rake, IHC square baler, Case cultivator, bundle racks, Avery 3 Bottom Engine gang plow, IHC #407 walking plow.

Stationary engines: Lister 5 HP with grinder, IHC 1 HP type M with pump, IHC 3 HP vertical with fanning mill, IHC 1 HP, Fuller & Johnson farm pump engine, Galloway 5 HP, Galloway 1 HP, IHC 1-2, Massey Harris 1.

For information call 1-800-661-4726.

The Reynolds-Alberta Museum is operated by Alberta Community Development and is located 40 km south of Edmonton. 1 km west of Wetaskiwin on Highway 13.