Steam trac­tor re­turns to Suka­nen Ship Mu­seum thresh­ing bee event

Moose Jaw - - Front Page - By Ron Wal­ter For Moose Jaw Ex­press Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­joy@sask­

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.

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