Old-fashioned fun is sure to delight at this year’s Harvest Fall Festival, which takes place on Sunday, September 11, at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a horse parade at 1 p.m.
Activities include a heritage animal breeds display, agricultural demonstrations, baked goods and entertainment.
Jesse Brunet will be on site with a display of antique pisto. Carole Pagé and Eric Charbonneau will lead a discussion on Native Canadian heritage and will have many items on display. New this year, there will be a Ferguson Threshing Mill, which is currently being restored. The Ferguson Threshers were developed in nearby Maxville and were a huge employer for the area.
Ice cutting implements will also be on display. Before the development of modern refrigeration techniques, each winter ice would be cut from frozen ponds and packed in sawdust. This was one of the few ways to preserve meat and other products during the hot summer months. Ralph MacIntosh of St. Elmo will be on site to share his experiences with ice cutting.
Nature’s alarm clock will compete once again for “Best Rooster”. The rooster which crows the most within a certain amount of time will be crowned winner by the judges. Individuals will also be able to compete for prizes by providing their best rooster crowing imitation.
There are plenty of things to see and do for children of all ages. Children under 12 are invited to build their very own scarecrow to enter into the Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrows must be free-standing and no taller than 18 inches/45 centimetres. All entries can be dropped off at the Harvest Tent where judging will take place at 2:15 p.m. There will be prizes for the most creative scarecrow. While you are checking out the scarecrows at the Harvest Tent, don’t forget to check out the bake table which will be filled with delicious, home-baked goodies, preserves, and heritage plants. In the children’s tent, there will be stilt races, sack races, crafts, and a penny candy booth. And if that isn’t enough, race over to the ice cream booth and try some old-fashioned ice cream.
Each year, visitors are delighted by the horse-powered parade that fills the streets of Dunvegan with the sounds and smells of this beautiful animal and the various “vehicles” they are hitched too. The parade will be led by the Quigley Highlander Pipe Band, starting at 1 p.m. Before and after the parade, be sure to visit the other animals in the Heritage Livestock Club of Eastern Ontario area, located by the blacksmith shop.
Throughout the day, food will be available for purchase at a booth run by the Dunvegan Recreation Association. The menu includes sausages, desserts, chips, drinks and other goodies. The Star Inn Bar will be open and serving Cassel Brewery beer and Ontario wine.
Admission to the event is $10 for adults and $25 for families. Children 12 and under enter for free. Cash only please.
The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is located in Dunvegan, Ontario on County Road 24 (Dunvegan Road) at the crossroad with County Road 30 (Greenfield Road). Parking is available on the road, or nearby in the Presbyterian Church parking lot. Accessible parking is also available. www.glengarrypioneermuseum.ca