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Family-friendly events on tap at the 24th Annual Harvest Days in Madrid

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MADRID — Those looking to take a trip back to a simpler time when steam engine locomotives ruled the rails and kids attended one-room schoolhouses will get a chance to relish in days gone by at Old Fashioned Harvest Days at the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum Saturday and Sunday.

The museum at 1755 Highway 345 is hosting the family-fun event which will feature harvest-themed activities throughout the weekend, including corn combining and chopping. The main event will be the dedication of a one-room schoolhouse from Evans Mills which was recently restored to when it was first built in the 1850s.

The dedication of the one-room schoolhouse will be held Saturday at 1 p.m.

“We at the museum have been working on this project now for four years,” museum Secretary Roger S. Austin said Wednesday. “We will be celebrating and welcoming former one-room school house students. They will have a chance to share stories and their experiences about attending one-room school houses.”

Children will dress up just as they would have for school in the 1800s, Mr. Austin said. “The boys will wear knicker sets and hats and girls will wear jumpers and bonnets,” he said.

Garden tractor pulls, a popular event that was started in the spring, will give children a chance to compete in their own tractor pull.

Although the weather looks gloomy for the weekend, Mr. Austin said that visitors should not be deterred; most of the events will be held as scheduled. There are also more than 30,000 square-feet of covered buildings within the museum’s property to enjoy out of the rain, he said.

The museum features a 1920 gas station, maple sugar house, walker granary, farm house, milk house, saw mill, and the Horse Drawn Equipment Exhibition building. The 6,000-square-foot Horse-Drawn Equipment Exhibition building is one of the largest timber-frame structures in the area, Mr. Austin said.

Saturday’s special events are the miniature horse pull, harvesting corn, antique auto and tractor exhibit, draft horse pull, kids’ pedal tractor race, spaghetti supper and music in the evening by Pure Country, for listening and dancing. Sunday will feature the antique tractor pull, kids’ pedal tractor pull, and chicken barbecue.

Other events for this year’s Harvest Days include harvesting and sawmilling demonstrations, working antique engine and machinery displays, farm animals and petting zoo, wagon rides, flea market, antique tractors, trucks and cars, chopping corn demonstrations, barbecue chicken dinner.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Admission is $4 for adults, kids under 12 years of age are free. Crafters and non-food vendors are welcome, but must be museum members, and have a sales certificate.

For further information or times of events, call 315-344-7470 or visit www.slpowermuseum.com.

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