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  • Antique Wheels in Motion

    AUGUSTA -- Antique Wheels in Motion, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by a group of enthusiastic antique equipment collectors throughout Eastern Ontario. The Club's goal is to demonstrate the many ways their ancestors grew and harvested their crops years ago. This is done annually through the Harvest Days which is held the third weekend in August.

    A lot of work has to be done beforehand to put on this event. In the spring, members cultivate and plant crops using antique equipment. Grain, corn and soybeans are grown in conjunction with Summit Seeds, Inc., Dixie and Egan, Harvex Agromart and Antique Wheels in Motion. Each year a donation is made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, the charity that works to feed the hungry worldwide. For the last several years, they have also planted potatoes for the local Foodbank, donating over a 1000 pounds each year.

    This year the 21st Annual Harvest Days will be held on Sat., Aug. 20 and Sun., Aug. 21. There is much to see and do at Harvest Days. Besides harvesting displays, there areworking antique displays, including antique tractors, horse-drawn equipment, steam-powered equipment and vehicle displays. There is a craft show with local vendors and also a silent auction with a number of interesting items to bid on. Sunday morning will have a Farmer's Breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. with the Bluegrass/ Gospel Group County Road 5 performing during breakfast. In the afternoon, there will be the musical group Ron Donnelly and The Marlboreens performing from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

    Members bring their equipment, the crops are ready, and the public are invited to come and see history in action. Admission is only $5.00 per person and parking is free.

    Directions: From Ottawa, take Highway 416 South to Exit 12 (Spencerville), follow County Road 21 west to Roebuck, then south onto County Road 18 or take Highway 401 to Exit 716 (Prescott), go north on County Road 18 for approximately 11 km to the Harvest Days site at 5877 County Road 18.

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