‘Stuff you don’t hear any­more’

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BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

News Staff Should you hap­pen to wan­der into the In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match’s an­tiques and history tent, you’ll learn about a lot more than the history of this sto­ried event, you’ll also get an ed­u­ca­tion on the area’s past.

“In the past, the history tent just fea­tured farm equip­ment,” says Pierre Roy, who, along with Chelsea Hope, is co-chair of the IPM’s an­tiques com­mit­tee. “But this year we’re tak­ing it upon our­selves to make it a true history of SD&G.”

As such, his com­mit­tee has en­gaged var­i­ous mu­se­ums, his­tor­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and her­itage groups to help show­case not just the history of the United Coun­ties but also Ak­we­sasne.

“We in­cluded them be­cause you can’t tell the story of SDG with­out also telling the First Na­tions story of Ak­we­sasne,” says Mr. Roy. “Oth­er­wise you’re only telling half the story.”

Mr. Roy says that the tent will be home to the Sights and Sounds Stage of SDG&A, which will fea­ture sto­ry­tellers, First Na­tions cer­e­monies, and singing – ev­ery­thing from folk songs to his­tor­i­cal bal­lads, or, in the words of Mr. Roy, “Stuff you don’t hear any­more.”

In ad­di­tion to the live per­form­ers, the tent will hold sev­eral static dis­plays in­clud­ing one ex­hibit de­tail­ing the Cana­dian horse.

“The horse was bred here for work­ing on Cana­dian farms,” Mr. Roy says. “It was bred to with­stand the Cana­dian cli­mate and to­day it is a rec­og­nized breed.”

Other ex­hibits in­clude work­ing sawmills, hay presses, shin­gle mills and a rock crusher from the early part of the 20th Cen­tury.

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