Steam tractor returns to Sukanen Ship Museum threshing bee event
For the first time in five years, a steam-driven tractor will run a threshing machine at the Sukanen Ship Museum Threshing Bee. One of the members arranged to have a collector from Tuxford operate his machine at the bee Saturday and Sunday.
“We’re really pleased to have it,” said museum president Gord Ross. “We haven’t had a steam tractor since 2013, the grand opening of our elevator.”
Visitors have asked over the years why the museum no longer has a steam-driven tractor at the threshing bee.
“It is something that people seem to remember.”
He hopes the collector continues to operate the tractor at future threshing bees.
The grand opening of the John Deere Building will take place on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. after the church service.
The building became available when founding museum members, by agreement, handed over the keys after 40 years use and built themselves a new Founders’ building.
“We needed a building for our John Deere tractors. We have quite a few.”
The museum has a rare Waterloo Boy built prior to John Deere buying that company in 1914 and a rare spoked flywheel model. “We have great support from Nelson Motors of Avonlea and we have made a replica of their original John Deere dealership.” Members of the Nelson family will be on hand for the grand opening ceremony. The replica International Harvester Dealership building is still in construction.
With the John Deere collection, the museum will have extensive building collections of tractors by Case, Allis Chalmers and John Deere.
The museum has a new tractor game each day at 9 a.m.
The timed event has operators attach a chain in a box to the front axle, pull it out to full length and try to pull the chain back in the box.
A Caterpillar Collector’s group will take part in the parade. On Saturday the tractor parade happens in the morning with the vehicle parade after lunch.
On Sunday, to allow tractors to take part in the John Deere grand opening, the parade will be at 1 p.m. with the vehicle parade in the morning.
An 8 a.m. pancake breakfast kicks off each day. Demonstrations include ploughing, binding, stook loading, stationary hay baler, hand threshing, two machines threshing as well as blacksmithing, stationary engines, rope making, quilting and square dancing.
A tractor pull demonstration ends each day.
Saturday concludes with a dance and old-fashioned box social.