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October 4, 2012

Tractor Fest is this weekend

Visitors to The Farmers’ Museum’s third annual Tractor Fest, can learn about the world of tractors and all the activities they powered on New York farms, according to a media release from the museum.  

Visitors can see classic and new tractors, small engines, and other machinery, representing the growth of farming technology from the 1920s until today. The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown presents Tractor Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.  

There will be classic tractors from Ford, Case, Oliver, Moline, and John Deere, as well as modern tractors.  On Sunday, tractors will parade down Main Street in Cooperstown, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  

Tractors will be at work thrashing oats and baling oat straw with a 1918 Case hay press.  New equipment demonstrations will take place throughout both days, furnished by Springer’s Inc.

Kids, ages 7 and under, can compete for prizes in a Kiddie Pedal-Tractor Pull contest at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Also on the small scale, Bill and Robin Steele bring their “Tired Iron” Farm Toy Museum to Tractor Fest. Wagon rides around the Historic Village, pulled by a Ford Golden Jubilee Tractor, are offered on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Small engines will be on display too, such as a Maytag engine from the Museum’s collection, a quarter scale drag saw, and a 1/12 scale Case traction engine. On Saturday, visitors can see a hit-and-miss engine power an ice cream churn.

For people with a dairy farming background, memories will be rekindled in the exhibit of antique milking machines. Promoting dairy, the Otsego County Dairy Princess, Jessica Hadlock, will be at Tractor Fest on Sunday.

People interested in poultry will have a chance to meet Bill Post and his array of heritage poultry breeds. All the everyday activities at The Farmers’ Museum continue during Tractor Fest. Visitors can ride the Empire State Carousel and watch expert craftspeople in the blacksmith shop, pharmacy, and the other historic building.

Tractor Fest is free with paid museum admission.  Museum admission: $12 adults (13 and over), $10.50 for seniors 65 and over, $6 children (7 to12) and children 6 and under and members of the New York State Historical Association are free.  Food and beverages will be available throughout the day.  Visit the website at FarmersMuseum.org for more information and a full schedule of events.

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