Historical harvest event met with sunshine and success

Antique tractors belonging to the museum’s collection were used to run the roughly 100-year-old threshing machines. Several teams of horses were used to pull a 1920s-era binder, grain carts, wagons and other items in the field.

Lionel Story and his team of four horses work to cut and bind sheaves of oats with a 1920s-era binder on Sept. 24 during the Kindersley Antique Threshing Club’s annual vintage threshing, horse and binder demonstration at the Kindersley and District Plains Museum

Kenneth Brown
of The Clarion

Farming in the 1920s had few similarities to farming in the 2010s, and members of the Kindersley Antique Threshing Club continue to show people how it was once done.

The threshing club held a third annual vintage threshing, horse and binder demonstration on Sept. 24 in a field on the west side of the Kindersley and District Plains Museum. Members of the club harvested a small field of oats and wheat with vintage and antique farm machinery.

Antique tractors belonging to the museum’s collection were used to run the roughly 100-year-old threshing machines. Several teams of horses were used to pull a 1920s-era binder, grain carts, wagons and other items in the field.

The natural horsepower is an attraction at the harvest demonstration, and also at the club’s seeding demonstration held in June.

The 1920s farming scene in the oat field ran alongside another antique farming scene featuring three 1960s-era combines harvesting a wheat crop in the same field.

Two antique grain trucks were used to catch the combines.

Lionel Story of Netherhill, who owns the vintage binder used to cut and bind sheaves of oats and the 1914 hoe drill used to seed the oat crop, had a team of four horses working hard to pull the binder at the demonstration.

Another team of horses belonging to Wally Larson of Brock pulled a cart around the field to pick up the sheaves and haul them to the thresher. The club had help from several people who wanted to get involved, including a couple of youth participants who helped to load the oats onto the cart using pitchforks.

For more on this story, please see the Sept. 27 print edition of The Clarion.

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