‘Stuff you don’t hear anymore’
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.