2017 Pioneer Acres Annual Show goes August 11 - 13
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