The N.C. Transportation Museum offers a new event with classic elements of old time festivals that capture the spirit of the fall season. The N.C. Transportation Museum's 2014 Harvest Festival will harken back to a simpler time of family fun, with hay bales, a pumpkin patch, a tractor parade, old time games, corn-shelling, blacksmith demonstrations, and museum exhibits presented for the first time.
Old time games and crafts will include horse shoes, hoop and stick, corn shelling, making corn husk dolls and old timey clay marbles. Kids can also play in the mini hay bale maze, or shell their own ear of corn for $.50/ear.
Photo areas will be perfect for the family, with the Model T Depot Hack available in a fall scene. Take your own picture for posting online or just for the memories.
Blacksmith demonstrations will be presented by Gordon Cable. With a hammer and anvil, he will entertain, while creating works of art.
In the midst of all of this, the pumpkin patch will be available for families to find a purchase their own pumpkin for just $5. Food will also be available, including Apple Cider, snack foods, popcorn and drinks.
The appearance of the McCormick Deering Farmall Tractor will be a particular highlight, as the 1937 tractor model, recently donated to the museum, will be presented for the first time. This classic piece of farming equipment heralded a time when the nation's farms were becoming mechanized and tractors were, for the first time, replacing horses in the fields.
This F12 engine model, the last year it was made, features high metal wheels for plowing, the classic Farmall red, and provides a look at a pivotal time in the nation's farming infrastructure.
The McCormick Deering Farmall Tractor will be presented at 1:30 p.m., along with a tractor parade given by members of the International Harvester Collectors NC tractor club. The parade will stretch from the south end event area, all the way to the Barber Junction Depot and back. Plus, the public is invited to join in the tractor parade. The museum is offering free admission if you bring your tractor!