More than 750 visitors passed through the gates of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum in Dunvegan last Sunday (September 10), as the Harvest Fall Festival returned in its full glory, including the popular Horse Parade.
One of the largest equestrian events of its kind in Eastern Ontario, the procession passed through the streets of Dunvegan in front of the museum beginning at 1 p.m., with the Quigley Highlanders Pipes and Drums leading a long cavalcade of horsemen and horsewomen – together with horse-drawn buggies, wagons and carts. The parade was enjoyed by the hundreds of spectators, as well as the 120 demonstrators and some 70 volunteers that make Harvest Days happen.
The Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s annual Harvest Fall Festival is always a delight for young and old alike – a chance to experience how Glengarry’s early settlers lived and worked. The day’s highlights included pioneer life demonstrations such as hand churning butter, quilt and rug making, animal husbandry, wool spinning and more. Bygone farm machines, such as a threshing mill, a horse-powered saw and a mechanical cedar shingle maker were all brought back to life.
The festival also boasted an impressive Harvest Sale fundraising tent, with tables groaning under the weight of homemade bread, pies, squares and other baked goods, jams, jellies, preserves, fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and more – all available for purchase.