Northshore Antique Tractor and Engine Club Holds 14th Annual Mechanical Fair
© Jamie Heap
Fresia, a local, musical group that consists of Eric Fresia (centre) and his children, Charlotte (left) and Sam (right), performs, Saturday at the 14th annual Northshore Antique Tractor and Engine Club Mechanical Fair at Verstraten Farm, Lorneville. Fresia will be performing this Friday night, July 19, at Duncan's Pub, Amherst before they host the annual Beckwith Bash on Saturday, August 17 at their home in Beckwith, NS.
LORNEVILLE-There was much more to the Northshore Antique Tractor and Engine Club’s 14th annual Mechanical Fair than the two dozen or so tractors it featured.
“It’s a tremendous day,” stated Pauline Verstraten, who, along with her husband Francis, have hosted the annual event for the past thirteen years at their farm.
The antique tractors, which ranged in age from 1936 until 1974, were displayed by owners from as near as Tidnish and as far away as Onslow, Nova Scotia.
Such tractors included an orange 1936 Catepillar Auto Patrol # 10 grader; a 1936 McCormick Deering Farmall tractor; several original Cockshutt tractors from 1948; a 1949 McCormick; several Ford and Allis-Chalmers’ models from the late 1940s through to the early 1950s; a green 1951 John Deere; 1953 Massey; a 1955 International 300 Utility; a 1972 Minneapolis Moline and a 1974 Oliver tractor.
According to a source, the 1936 McCormick Deering Farmall tractor is a family heirloom that belong to Duane Tuttle of Wallace Bay. His father bought it new.
“This year is different than past years because we were able to encourage some new vendors to attend after some of regular exhibitors were unable to,” she added.
These new vendors included Cumberland Perfect Sleep Company (Bridget Ebanks, Joggins); Rene’s Wool’n & Works (Truro) and Karen Miner who, along with her husband, travelled from the St. Stephen, near the New Brunswick/Maine border.
“When my husband heard about this event, he wanted to come down and see the tractors,” stated Miner. “I decided I might as well try and sell some maple syrup.”
“We don’t mind vendors coming, so long as they are selling wares that are handcrafted or homegrown,” stated Verstraten. Nic Nat Farms (Peter and Marsha Greeno, Rte. 266, 5313 Lorneville) was selling all-natural strawberries and beef.
The day also consisted of woodcutting and water boil demonstrations by members of Cumberland 4-H; a fundraising barbecue ran by Sunrise 4-H; wood lot tours and wagon rides as well as live music provided by the band Fresia, a local, musical group that consists of Eric Fresia and his children, Charlotte and Sam Fresia.
Fresia performs live on Friday at Duncan’s before the Beckwith Bash (August 17).