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Family-friendly events scheduled for 24th Annual Harvest Days in Madrid

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MADRID — People looking to take a trip back to a simpler time when steam engine locomotives ruled the rails and children 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, 1755 Route 345, is hosting the family-fun event that 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. “We will be celebrating and welcoming former one-room schoolhouse students. They will have a chance to share stories and their experiences about attending one-room schoolhouses.”

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 began 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 visitors should not be deterred; most of the events will be held as scheduled. There also are more than 30,000 square feet of covered buildings within the museum’s property for attendees to enjoy out of the rain, he said.

The museum features a 1920s gas station, maple sugarhouse, walker granary, farm house, milk house, sawmill 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. Sunday will feature the antique tractor pull, kids’ pedal tractor pull and a chicken barbecue.

Other events include harvesting and sawmilling demonstrations, working antique engine and machinery displays, farm animals and a petting zoo, wagon rides, a flea market, antique tractors, trucks and cars, chopping corn demonstrations and a barbecue chicken dinner.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Admission is $4 for adults; children younger than 12 are admitted free. Crafters and non-food vendors are welcome, but must be museum members and have a sales certificate.

For more information, call 315-344-7470 or visit www. slpowermuseum.com.

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