Reynolds-Alberta Museum, PO Box 6360 Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada
The Harvest Festival weekend at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in
Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, was enjoyed by more than 4000
visitors. Indoor and outdoor demonstrations and activities took
place each day.
More than 35 pieces of vintage agricultural machinery were
operating and on display as the crew brought in the harvest of 30
acres. The vintage tractors included a 1910 Fairbanks-Morse, 1911
Nichols and Shepard steam tractor, 1914 Rumely steam tractor, 1917
Holt Caterpillar, 1922 Sawyer Massey steam tractor. Of special
interest was the 1908 International Harvester Corporation 12 HP
friction drive gas traction engine used in combination with a 1915
Call-of-the-West hand feed thresher.
Some visitors chose to watch, while others took an active role
in steam threshing, combining, binding, stooking, baling, grain
grinding and grain cleaning.
Interpretive programming included flailing, winnowing, grinding
and bread baking.
New components to this year’s Festival were bread baking and
tasting. Bread baking demonstrations included Ukrainian Kolach
(braided bread), sour dough, country, raisin, rye, and fruit.
Sponsors were Robin Hood Multi-foods Inc., Canada Safeway
(Wetaskiwin), and 630 CHED Radio.