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Pictured is Clay MacWhirter with accordion and Wes Libby as the Town Crier from the 2018 Harvest Festival. The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is looking to recruit musicians and buskers for this year's event on September 12. File photo

Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 12, at Glengarry Pioneer Museum

The Harvest Festival at Dunvegan’s Glengarry Pioneer Museum is back this coming weekend, after a one-year absence.

The museum will be hosting its Harvest Festival this Sunday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Desjardins Ontario Credit Union and Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Tourism. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so excited at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum to announce the return of the Harvest Fall Festival,” said Jennifer Black, curator of the Pioneer Museum, noting the event will build on the recent Moosic Under the Stars concert, which attracted dozens to the museum grounds last month.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Harvest Festival has been scaled back, with no horse parade, beer garden, Star Inn bar or musical concerts under a tent. Masks will be required whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.

Event organizers are currently looking for buskers to perform at the Harvest Festival. Play the fiddle, strum your banjo, you name it and staff at the Pioneer Museum would be happy to talk with you. Anyone interested in performing is invited to contact the museum at 613-527-5230 or send an email to [email protected].

Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted at the entrance gates. However, to reduce potential bottlenecks, museum staff are encouraging visitors to purchase their tickets in advance online using the museum’s convenient new e-Box Office at GlengarryPioneerMuseum.ca.

The cost is $10 per person. However, for museum members and students aged 6 – 18 the price is $5. The family rate is $25, while children five years of age and under are admitted for free.

Visitors are invited to add a $10 ‘Cow Pie 50/50 PLUS’ raffle ticket to their cart. New to the Festival line-up, the winning number in this unique raffle is determined by where Bessie the Cow deposits a pie.

On Sunday September 12, Bessie will be turned loose on a grid with 225 numbered squares. Whichever one she chooses is the winner. In addition, four bonus prizes of $75 will be awarded after the 50/50 winner has been chosen.

Other highlights of the Fall Festival 2021 include:

• Tables piled high with homemade bread and other baked goods, jams, jellies, preserves, fresh fruit, vegetables and plants… all for sale at the Harvest Tent
• Local artisans explaining their crafts and selling their wares
• Pioneer life demonstrations of butter making, quilting, animal husbandry, wool making and more
• Fascinating vintage farm machinery exhibitions
• Pop-up musical performances
• Supervised children’s crafts
• Refreshment station with regular and vegan chili, desserts, snacks, soft drinks and water

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is located in Dunvegan, Ontario at the intersection of County Road 24 (Dunvegan Road) and County Road 30 (Greenfield Road). Parking is available on the road, or nearby in the Kenyon Presbyterian Church parking lot. Accessible parking is also available.

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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