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October 3, 2013

Tractor Fest held next weekend at Farmers' Museum

Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Farmers’ Museum will hold its fourth annual Tractor Fest on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

At Tractor Fest, visitors can learn about the world of tractors and all the activities they powered on New York farms. They can see classic and new tractors, small engines, and other machinery, representing the growth of farming technology. 

Over 30 classic and modern tractors will be on display. Farmall, Ford, Case, Oliver, Moline, and John Deere will be represented, as well as lesser known manufacturers such as Cleveland Tractor. 

On Sunday, tractors parade down Main Street in Cooperstown, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Visitors can see tractors at work threshing and baling and climb aboard for a wagon ride around the museum’s Historic Village, pulled by a Ford Golden Jubilee Tractor.

Free rides will take place on the Empire State Carousel all weekend. 

Children ages 7 and younger can also compete for prizes in a Kiddie Pedal-Tractor Pull contest on both days. 

Also on the small scale, browse hundreds of farm toys from years gone by in a farm toy exhibit. 

Activities for children that promote safety will be presented by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health.

Hit-and-miss engines from the early to mid-1900s will be operating, thanks to the Tired Iron Club from the Butternut Valley. For people with a dairy farming background, fond memories will rush back in the exhibit of antique milking machines.

Food and beverages will be available throughout the day at the Crossroads Cafe, including barbeque pulled pork and half-pound burgers.

Tractor Fest is free with your paid museum admission. Museum admission: $12 adults (13+), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12), children 6 and under and members of the New York State Historical Association are free. For a $2 off coupon and more information, visit