A “Peace" of History

Sep 11, 2014

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What an age we live in.

We can look up almost any piece of human knowledge in seconds with a device that fits in our front pockets. Our houses can monitor and maintain their own temperature and humidity. There are cars that can park themselves, and soon there will be cars that can drive themselves.

On the farm, we use gps/satnav, portable weather stations, and the latest in modern technology to work the land in as efficient a way as possible.

But it wasn’t always this way.

Not so very long ago, working the land was a very different proposition. There were no five-day forecasts, there was no air conditioning, nothing was automatic, and “popping into town to do some shopping” was far from a common occurrence.

This Sunday, September 14, why not stop off at the South Peace Centennial Museum, just north of Beaverlodge, for the Autumn Festival and Tractor Rodeo. In addition to fun, modern activities such as live music, a harvest market and a petting zoo, the festival helps serve the museum’s mission of “preserving the past, for the future” by also including demonstrations of and competitions in traditional farming skills like threshing, stooking, bale stacking, wagon backing, and cross-cut log sawing. There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides.

The festival runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, September 14. Admission is $10 for adults and children over 12, and $5 for 7-12 year olds. Children 6 and under are free. There will also be a $10 lunch with an old-time style menu which includes BBQ pork, wheat and cabbage salads and an apple dessert. You’ll need to bring cash as there’s no ATM.

What a great way to give the whole family an appreciation for our modern times. It is sure to give you a newfound respect for the lifestyles of those who came before and who made our present Peace Country life what it is today.

For more information on the Autumn Festival and Tractor Rodeo, check out the event listing.

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