Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum Har­vest Fall Fes­ti­val

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With more than 32 lo­cal ar­ti­sans, a pa­rade of 25 horse-drawn ve­hi­cles, a gi­ant Har­vest Tent, and on­go­ing mu­sic and farm­ing demon­stra­tions, the cul­mi­na­tion of the 2009 edi­tion of the Har­vest Fall Fes­ti­val will take off on Sun­day, Sept. 20, from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m. at the Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum in Dun­ve­gan.

Ar­ti­sans from last year’s very suc­cess­ful Fes­ti­val, which had more than 2,000 vis­i­tors, have been ea­ger to re­turn and new ones have been sign­ing up. All are com­mit­ted to demon­strat­ing their skills in var­i­ous forms of pi­o­neer crafts­man­ship. Fre­quent com­ments have cited the pi­o­neer au­then­tic­ity of the Fes­ti­val and its non-com­mer­cial fo­cus.

In ad­di­tion to a black­smith, fea­tured ar­ti­sans on the 20th in­clude sad­dle and harness mak­ers, chair caners, dress mak­ers, quil­ters and weavers, ca­noe and wagon mak­ers, wheel­wrights, tan­ners, rope maker, broom maker, reen­ac­tors, a tin­smith, and even an old-fash­ioned hair curler. There will be a spe­cial “ shear to shawl” demon­stra­tion through­out the day in­volv­ing old-fash­ioned shear­ing, spin­ning and weav­ing. The list ex­tends to 34 ar­ti­sans at this time.

As in the past, vis­i­tors will be able to wit­ness one of the largest horse-drawn wagon and car­riage pa­rades in East­ern On­tario, this year num­ber­ing al­most 25. There will be on-go­ing har­vest­ing and farm equip­ment demon­stra­tions. Vis­i­tors with a flair for pi­o­neer fash­ion are in­vited to come dressed in pe­riod dress and com­pete for prizes as best dressed and/ or most unique cos­tume.

In ad­di­tion to sam­pling and tak­ing home pre­serves, baked goods, and plants, from the Har­vest Sale Tent, vis­i­tors are in­vited to com­pete for the big­gest, best dec­o­rated or most unique zuc­chini in the Pi­o­neer Mu­seum’s An­nual Zuc­chini Con­test. There will be chil­dren’s pi­o­neer games and crafts, sto­ry­telling, a pet­ting zoo, mu­sic all day in­clud­ing a hymn sing, and even a Town Crier as part of this unique and pop­u­lar an­nual event.

The Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum is lo­cated in Dun­ve­gan, On­tario on County Road 24 ( Dun­ve­gan Road) at the cross­road with County Road 30 ( Green­field Road). Park­ing is avail­able in sev­eral nearby lo­ca­tions. Those com­ing from Ottawa should take the 417 east to Exit 51, south to­ward Maxville for 2 km, then east on County Road # 24 to Dun­ve­gan.

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Glen­garry Pi­o­neer Mu­seum’s ninth an­nual Har­vest Fall Fes­ti­val held Sept. 20 from 11 a. m. to 4 p. m., prom­ises to be the largest yet.

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