2017 Pioneer Acres An­nual Show goes Au­gust 11 - 13

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Es­tab­lished in 1972 as a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, our vol­un­teers work hard to collect, re­store, main­tain, and demon­strate the ar­ti­facts that were once used by the pi­o­neers of early Al­berta. In fact, if you join Pioneer Acres as a mem­ber, you can even get in­volved in restor­ing or op­er­at­ing some of the equip­ment on site. His­tory Comes Alive at Pioneer Acres this year dur­ing the 3 day An­nual Show, from Fri­day, Au­gust 11 to Sun­day, Au­gust 13.

With 50 acres of land and over a dozen build­ings to ex­plore, there is a lot to do at Pioneer Acres. There are dio­ra­mas on the fam­ily life of our early set­tlers, in­clud­ing a fully equipped kitchen, a mu­sic room and even a well­stocked Gen­eral Store. There are six build­ings filled with trac­tors, cars and trucks that mem­bers have gra­ciously put on dis­play. And of­ten there are Black­smiths and Wheel­wrights on site hand­craft­ing var­i­ous items to show off their skills.

This year is Canada's 150 Birth­day, a time to cel­e­brate the pi­o­neers who set­tled this great coun­try.

In hon­our of this great mile­stone, the show will fea­ture Cana­dian makes of trac­tors and equip­ment in­clud­ing Cock­shutt! We’re ex­cited to be able to show Cock­shutt trac­tors rang­ing from the smaller 30 and 40’s up to larger equip­ment in­clud­ing the 570 and the 1900 mod­els. Other Cock­shutt equip­ment at the show will in­clude a model 7 pull­type com­bine, a Frost & Wood/Cock­shutt binder, an RCAF model 30 fork­lift, ma­nure spread­ers, sickle mow­ers, a fan­ning mill and hay baler.

Our mem­bers and sup­port­ers are very ex­cited to show their Cock­shutt equip­ment as part of the power theme this year. This year’s show will be the Re­gional Show for the Cock­shutt West Re­gional Af­fil­i­ated Club.

There will be pa­rades, live demon­stra­tions and ex­hibits to bring to life the story of home­steading and agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment over the last 150 years.

This his­tory will be ex­pe­ri­enced in a nar­rated Pioneer Trib­ute Pa­rade for­mat high­light­ing the se­quen­tial eras over the last 150 years rather than static dis­plays.

We will of­fer a nar­ra­tion start­ing with the Red River carts pulled by oxen ar­riv­ing on the prairie, and then demon­strate the pro­gres­sion from horse power up to early power equip­ment such as steam to more cur­rent mech­a­nized tech­nol­ogy. A pro­gres­sion of how grain was hauled by horse, preWorld War 2 to more cur­rent trucks will be in­cluded in this demon­stra­tion.

For just one mo­ment, for­get about things like cell phones and imag­ine what life was like for the pi­o­neers of South­ern Al­berta.

Come and ex­pe­ri­ence pioneer life at Pioneer Acres Mu­seum.

En­joy the mu­sic played by a horse drawn Cal­liope, a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment that pro­duces sound by steam orig­i­nally or more re­cently com­pressed air, through large whistles. Other cir­cus cal­liopes were self-con­tained, mounted on a carved, painted and gilded wagon pulled by horses.

New to the Pioneer Acres An­nual Show this year: - Quilt­ing, spin­ning and rug mak­ing demon­stra­tions - Taste the ice cream made by horse-power - En­joy a taste of honey fol­low­ing the Honey mak­ing demon­stra­tion - Seed clean­ing demon­stra­tion

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