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Old-time farming plows on at Harvest Fest

Summer events — Yamhill County Historical Society event will be presented Aug. 17 and 18 in McMinnville


McMINNVILLE — The Yamhill County Historical Society is gearing up for its annual Harvest Fest, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17-18 at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane.

The event is being billed as “a great time to tour the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center museum, visit with friends, enjoy food and music and experience old-time farming,” as well as “a day of ‘farm fun’ for all ages,” according to a press release from the historical society.

The festival will feature a wide variety of family-friendly events, including the “Parade of Power” tractor parade (1 p.m. each day), working old-time blacksmith and sawmill shops, the slow tractor race (2 p.m.), a children’s area with hands-on activities and games, historical displays and exhibits, music and visits by local authors, lace makers, quilters and spinners.

Guests will be also be given the opportunity to tour one-room Hutchcroft School, built in 1877, and ride in an old-fashioned, mule-drawn stagecoach. An Oregon Trail covered wagon and vintage cars will also be on display.

Those looking to get a view of old-time farming equipment and techniques in action will be treated to the harvest activities (beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day), which will feature a 1927 Advance Rumley threshing machine, a 1925 John Deere stationary baler, a 1890 mule-driven baler, a 1936 McCormick Deering mule-driven binder and a 1912 Peerless steam traction engine.

The opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. each day will feature a flag ceremony by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Admission is $3 per person; children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 1-503-434-0490 or visit yamhill county history.org.



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