Harvest Festival turns back the clock in Gering, Neb.
Journey back to a time when “harvest” meant hooking up a team of horses and oxen rather than fueling the tractor … to a time when harvesting a crop required an entire family, and often neighbors, to perform the arduous task.
On Sept. 19-20, 2009, at the Gering, Neb., Farm And Ranch Museum, the clock will indeed be turned back in a weekend of celebrating America’s rich agricultural past. Events throughout the weekend include digging potatoes, threshing, hay baling, and the blocking/thinning and topping of sugar beets.
A pancake breakfast will be available at 7:00 each morning, as well as homemade ice cream and food concession offerings during both days. In addition to field demonstrations there will be children’s activities and a barrel train, old-time tractor displays, a water pump and engine demonstration, buggy and wagon rides, parades, livestock displays, and music provided by “Robidoux Pass.” There will be a church service Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and a book signing both days by Candy Hamilton, author of Footprints in the Sugar, A History of the Great Western Sugar Company.
Please join museum volunteers as they impart their vast knowledge of equipment, displays, and the “ways of the past.” It is not often we are able to take a walk into the past … such is possible during a weekend in September at the 13th Annual Harvest Festival in Gering, Neb.
For more information, schedule of events, or directions, please contact the Farm And Ranch Museum at (308) 436-1989.
The museum is located at 2930 Old Oregon Trail (next to the Scotts Bluff National Monument). Event hours are Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4. Admission is $3.00, children under 10 are free. Visit the museum’s website: http://www.farmandranchmuseum.com
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