MADRID — Dozens of volunteers scurried around the farm that is home to the St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum, setting up equipment and exhibits in preparation for their annual spring show, which opens today and continues Sunday.
"A lot of people have taken off work for three or four days ahead to help us set up," museum President Roger S. Austin said. "A lot of people think that it's just a bunch of old retired guys, and there's a lot of that, but there's a lot of young guys too. It's just kind of wonderfully amazing."
This year, the museum will open the collection building, the second building on the 115-acre farm. State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine, R-Cape Vincent, will be on hand at 10 a.m. for the ribbon cutting. Sen. Aubertine helped the museum secure funding to build the 40-by-60-foot barn.
This is the second year the spring show has been at the Goolden-Mann farm, the museum's permanent home since 2006. There will be an auction, a sugar shack, animals and the antique farming equipment the museum has been dedicated to preserving since 1976.
For the first time, there will be a "heritage fiber" exhibit, where thread-making will be on display from sheep-shearing to spinning. Children will have a chance to try to do some of their own spinning, Mr. Austin said.
Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with a breakfast and end with a spaghetti dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a performance by the Lime Hollow Boys in the pavilion.
"Some people ask, 'Is there room to dance?'" Mr. Austin said. "The pavilion is 4,000 (square) feet, so yes, we can handle dancing."
Admission, which includes all of the exhibits, is $4 a person. Children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds from the weekend's exhibition will go toward the museum's future construction projects, which include a 1920s replica gas station, a building to house the antique sawmill and a World War II-era granary and milk house. Not all of the projects the museum has been working on are big buildings, however.
"It may not seem like much, but there's a lot of women who are very happy that we have hot and cold running water," Mr. Austin said. "We don't have to bring the 5-gallon bucket anymore."