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Tractor Fest at the Farmers' Museum

By Cindy McNicholl

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

Daily at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM from October 6, 2012 until October 7, 2012

Location: The Farmers' Museum, 5785 State Hwy 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326

Phone: 607-547-1400

Email: info@nysha.org

Link: http://www.farmersmuseum.org/programs/fall/tractor_fest_1

Event Description

Learn about the world of tractors and all the activities they powered on New York farms. See classic and new tractors, small engines, and other machinery, representing the growth of farming technology from the 1920s.

On Sunday, tractors parade down Main Street in Cooperstown, beginning at 9:30 a.m. See tractors at work thrashing oats and baling oat straw with a 1918 Case hay press. New equipment demonstrations will take place throughout both days, furnished by Springer's Inc.

Kids, ages 7 and under, can compete for prizes in a Kiddie Pedal-Tractor Pull contest on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Also on the small scale is the "Tired Iron" Farm Toy Museum. Wagon rides around the Historic Village, pulled by a Ford Golden Jubilee Tractor, are offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Small engines will be on display too, such as a Maytag engine from the Museum’s collection, a quarter scale drag saw, and a 1/12 scale Case traction engine. On Saturday, visitors can see a hit-and-miss engine power an ice cream churn. Byler's fresh ice cream will be for sale.

For people with a dairy farming background, fond memories will rush back in the exhibit of antique milking machines. Promoting dairy, the Otsego County Dairy Princess, Jessica Hadlock, will be at Tractor Fest on Sunday.

People interested in poultry will have a chance to meet Bill Post and his array of heritage poultry breeds. It’s a great place to talk turkey!

Tractor Fest is free with your paid museum admission. Museum admission: $12 adults (13+), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12), children 6 and under and members of the New York State Historical Association are free.
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