Bringing in the harvest at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum

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The tractors are giants, the smells are sweet, and the fun is big! It’s Harvest Festival at Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Sept. 3  and 4.

More than 35 antique machines will be both 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. Visitors can get up close and personal with some of the antique machines and even take a ride on a tractor!

“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.”

For a full list of activities, click here or read more to find out what’s in store.

The very popular Family Fun Zone will be returning this year with carnival games, ice cream and butter making, and face painting! New this year, is the addition of the Thistle Hill Petting Zoo. Animals include miniature pony, zebu cow/calf, goats, sheep, lambs, a pig, fancy poultry, ducks, a goose, rabbits, baby bunnies, and guinea pigs

Also returning this year is the pie auction, where visitors will be able to bid on some delicious homemade pies.

Activities to do inside

Even though most of the action will be taking place outside, activities going on inside the main building and Aviation Display Hangar include behind-the-scenes “White Glove Tours,”, farm house play zone and a rope making and grain elevator demonstration.

New to this year’s inside activities, ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen will have an interactive display with home economists available to answer your household questions. The focus will be on pickling and canning, as well as bread baking. There will be samples, games and an “enter to win” contest.

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 fun

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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!  And 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 or check out Reynolds’ social media channels: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram.

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