The tractors are giants, the smells are sweet, and the fun is big! It’s Harvest Festival at Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Sept. 5 and 6.
More than 35 antique machines will be on display and bringing in the crop. Using threshing machines, swathers, combines, steam traction engines and giant tractors, we will be harvesting the old fashioned way.
“It’s our most popular event of the year with visitors,” said Nicole Mueller, marketing and communications assistant. “It’s a lot of fun for our staff and volunteers too.”
“This year, we’re really excited about introducing the new family activities that we’ve added to Harvest Festival weekend,” explained Mueller. “The family fun zone will have carnival games for the kids, face painting, ice cream and butter making. There’s a little something for everyone.”
Also new this year is a pie auction, where visitors will be able to bid on some delicious homemade pies. “Don’t forget to bring your sweet tooth!” joked Mueller.
Visitors can get up close and personal with some of the antique machines and even take a ride on a tractor! Hop aboard a 1914 Rumley steam traction engine or a 1911 International Harvester Co. Reliance Type D Tractor.
Even though most of the action will be taking place outside, activities going on inside the main building and Aviation Display Hangar include the “White Glove Tours,” Are You a Canadian Picker family activity sheet, farm house play zone, and a rope making and grain elevator demonstration.
While you’re in the main gallery, follow your nose to the bread baking demonstrations in the service station and sample some of the freshly made treats! And enjoy the nostalgic feel of music from the Foggy Minded Mountain Boys.
Outside, take advantage of the free tractor rides, learn more about the big antique machines with the tractor starting demonstrations and watch the giant steam engines bringing in the harvest. Check out the stationary engines display, win prizes in the family fun zone and visit the Wetaskiwin Farmers Market.
Don’t forget to grab some lunch at Cruisers Café and sample some of Chef Brenden’s tasty creations. Can’t make it inside? Cruisers Café will have a satellite tent outside serving up burgers and hot dogs for hungry guests! Don’t forget to stop by the Museum Store to pick up a souvenir to remember your day at this year’s Harvest Festival!
For more information on Harvest Festival or any of the museum’s special events, visit our website at www.ReynoldsAlbertaMuseum.com