Again this summer, organizers at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum have been busy finalizing details for the 19th annual Harvest Fall Festival des récoltes on Sunday, September 9 from 11 am to 4 pm.

The festival is always packed with excitement. This year, the rooster-crowing contest returns. Patrons are encouraged to bring their roosters and enter them in the crowing contest. Besides prizes for the best crowing, human and fowl, there are also prizes to be won for the handsomest rooster. Crowing will be judged at 12:30 under the children’s tent where you will also find a colouring contest, crafts, and a variety of lumberjack-inspired relay races for people of all ages to enjoy. The Harvest Tent is hosting a SUPER ZUKE contest. Interested participants are invited to pick a zucchini and dress it as their favourite super hero using only natural items (e.g., pine cones, fruits, vegetables, rocks, sticks, etc.). All entries can be dropped off at the Harvest Tent. Judging will take place at 2 pm and there will be prizes awarded.

This year, in the agricultural display area, The Munro & McIntosh Carriage Company will be featured. Several examples of this fine company’s workmanship will be on display and Mr. Dane Lanken will give a brief talk on the history of one of Alexandria’s biggest businesses from the early twentieth century. The talk will take place at 2:30 in the school house. In addition to the display of Munro & McIntosh buggies, there will be several other agricultural demonstrations taking place including threshing and baling.
Discover how Glengarry’s early settlers lived and worked. Explore how your ancestors made butter, ice cream, harnesses, saddles, leather boots, and rugs. Experience for yourself how local pioneers spun thread, weaved, and quilted. Stop awhile, listen to stories, and examine artifacts of the Native peoples who lived in this area. You will be captivated by at least 20 artisans demonstrating many interesting techniques.

Laurie Maus, from Dunvegan, has been busy organizing an exhibition focusing on heritage livestock through the Heritage Livestock Club of Eastern Ontario. Ms. Maus and her group focus on educating the public about heritage breeds and also offer connections for those interested in buying local, organic meat. They will have a variety of heritage breeds on hand and are happy to answer any questions you might have.
Visitors will also witness one of the largest horse-drawn wagon and carriage parades in Eastern Ontario led by the Quigley Highlanders Pipe Band at 1:00 PM. This parade showcases horses, of course, but also various types of devices that were traditionally drawn by horses.

Once again, the Harvest Tent will abound with delicious home-baked goods, plants, produce, and much more. In addition, the museum is putting out a special call for donations of preserves, local produce, baked goods, bread, and plants. “It’s a chance for members of the community to share preparations from their old family recipes and to bring their heritage plants for the gardens of others,” says Barbara Newman, the Harvest tent coordinator. The harvest tent is a very special feature of the Festival and is another way to raise funds for the museum. Donations can be dropped off at the museum (613-527-5230).

Visitors with a flair for fashion are invited to come dressed in period attire. There will be music by several local groups including Leo Paquette & Family, the Williams Brothers, the Caddell Family, and Doug MacPherson & Friends, and many more. Don’t forget all the wonderful children’s pioneer activities throughout the day including games, crafts, and a Penny Candy booth.

Should you find yourself in need of some re-fueling as you take in the activities, the Dunvegan Recreation Association will be serving delicious sausages, desserts, chips, drinks, and other goodies for purchase.

Admission is $10, with kids under 12 free, or $25 for families. If you are a member of the museum, admission is only $5. This year’s festival is co-sponsored by Caisse Populaire de la Vallée, Alexandria, Munro Agromart, and many other local businesses.

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.