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Power, equipment museum opens May 11

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MADRID - Beginning next weekend, step back into Northern New York’s 19th and early 20th century industrial heyday.

The St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum, 1755 Route 345, kicks off its 2013 season on Saturday with an open house and a living history exhibit on plowing, disking, and planting oats to be harvested there later this year. The museum opens at 10 a.m. and will keep public hours on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month through October.

The past, to be sure, can still generate plenty of fun and enlightenment in the present.

“We are very excited about the living history programs the museum will be presenting during the next six months,” said museum board treasurer Roger Austin. “Visitors can see real demonstrations and participate in the program.”

The other living history programs at the museum include tractor pulling, early textile techniques, operation of antique gas engines, home canning, and horse-hitching.

The museum’s two signature events are traditionally big draws.

The 31st annual antique engine and spring planting show is held June 8 and 9. If features spring planting, plowing, antique engines, machines, autos, trucks, tractors, sawmills, a tour of the farm, an antique auction, farm animals, pulling contests, a draft horse pull, miniature horse pull, kids pedal races, food and music.

The 23rd annual Old Fashioned Harvest Days Exhibition will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 1. It will feature a fall harvest, antique engines, machines, autos, trucks, tractors, sawmills, a tour of the farm, farm animals, pulling contests, food and music.

The museum, according to trustee Charles Goolden, is a proven attraction.

“As a person who lived in Madrid and the north country all of my life I see the St. Lawrence Power & Equipment Museum as a major asset for the area,” he said. “The two annual exhibitions and regular openings have drawn a good number of people to the area.”

Mr. Goolden said the museum draws visitors from Canada and other states.

“The growth on the museum grounds since 2008 when buildings started being added has been very exciting requiring the efforts of many very dedicated volunteers,” he said.

For more information, call 528-0642.

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