January 24th, 2020

Pioneer Village hosts Harvest Days this weekend

By Bobinec, Greg on August 14, 2019.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald


Stepping back in time and learning how things were done in the 1930s and 1940s is something the Coyote Flats Pioneer Village will be taking people into with their annual Harvest Days this weekend.

From Friday evening to Sunday, people are able to take a step into the historical village with lots of activities for the family to take part in.

“Harvest Days is a celebration of old time harvest practices,” says Murray Williams, general manager of Coyote Flats Pioneer Village. “We are going to have two steam engines running a Model T, we will have some thrashing demonstrations, some antique tractor pulls, horse pulls where we have teams of horses pulling the sled. It is food, fun and entertainment for anyone who is interested in those kinds of things.”

Pioneer Village has plenty of historical buildings from the school, church, train station with two smaller mine-like locomotives, one of which is from Coal Mine #8 in Lethbridge. With plenty of displays and artifacts from the local agriculture industry from earlier decades, communities from all over are able to spend the day enjoying the ways of the old days.

“People are just absolutely taken by the village itself, just stepping out in the 1930s is cool,” says Williams. “All of our museum village will be open, we have a house that was ordered from Eatons Catalogue in the early 1900s. It has all been restored and refurbished by some of the original owners, we have a house that we call the Nolan House because of the Nolan Ferry that crossed the Oldman River before they built the bridge to Coaldale, and it is complete with the ferry as well as if the ferry is docked with the house beside it where the operator of the ferry would live.”

Friday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., people can take in the antique tractor pull. Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., people are able to take in the Parade of Power, a threshing demonstration, slow races, and the completion of the tractor pull. On Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., people can start their day with a breakfast on the grounds and take in the horse pull, slow races, harvest demonstrations and more.

Throughout the day people are able to have lunch and ice cream on site and take in live demonstrations of many activities including wood turning. Admission for Friday night is $5 per person and under five no charge, and for the rest of the weekend $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 14, and under five is free. If you would like to take a step back in time this weekend, visit the Coyote Flats Pioneer Village, 1.5 kilometres south of Picture Butte on Hwy 843.

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