Meet your rural neighbours during Open Farm Days on August 19 and 20

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Open Farm Days is close. Really close.

Open Farm Days (OFD), for the uninitiated types, is a celebration of everything rural Alberta has to offer. On August 19 and 20, farms and ranches across the province will open their doors to offer visitors a range of experiences, including culinary events, tours and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

If you’ve participated in OFD before, then you know the score. However, a primer for first-timers and a refresher are in order. With that, let’s review some tips and highlights to ensure your Open Farm Days journey is fun and memorable.

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Happy International Museum Day!

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You don’t have to dig to find something awesome to do in Alberta. After all, our province has many stories to tell and plenty of natural wonders to explore thanks to our network of 20 provincially owned and operated historic sites, museums and archives.

In honour of International Museum Day, we wanted to share with you a few reasons why we love our heritage facilities (and why you should love them too).

Are you into dinosaurs? Vintage vehicles? Tasty Ukrainian cuisine? Alberta history, artifacts and records? We could seriously keep going because we have it all! Our heritage facilities cover a wide range of topics and interests; to find something that intrigues you, check out this complete directory of facilities, locations and event information to help plan your next adventure.

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Country mouse recruitment drive is on for Open Farm Days 2017

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While Alberta has long celebrated its status as a rat-free province, the recruitment drive is on for country mice.

The country mice collective of farmers, ranchers and ag-operators is being called on to act as hosts for this year’s Open Farm Days, which runs from Aug. 19-20. Together, they’ll help welcome and educate their city mice counterparts on everything rural Alberta has to offer.

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It’s harvest time at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

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If you’ve never experienced harvest time in rural Alberta, the Harvest of the Past & Harvest Food Festival at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village on Sunday, September 11 is a fun-filled, interactive event that will help you explore Alberta’s agricultural roots. Step back in time one last time this summer and see the Ukrainian Village as this event marks the end of the 2016 summer season.

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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!

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Little Chapel, Big History: Explore Alberta’s Beginnings at Mission Hill Day

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A shy little building stands along St. Vital Avenue in St. Albert in front of the landmark St. Albert Catholic Church. Beyond, a green expanse of treed grounds harbours a tranquil grotto and cemetery. Even though it looks small and humble compared to the rest, that simple structure is Father Lacombe Chapel – Alberta’s oldest building and a designated Provincial Historical Resource.

Surprised that St. Albert has this little treasure? Come and learn more about its history at Mission Hill Day on Sunday, August 14!

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