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Power, equipment museum opens May 11

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MADRID — Beginning next weekend, visitors can take a step back into the north country’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 and disking soil and planting oats that will 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.

“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 programs.”

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 traditionally draw big crowds.

The 31st annual antique engine and spring planting show wil be June 8 and 9. It 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.

“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,” museum trustee Charles Goolden said. “The two annual exhibitions and regular openings have drawn a good number of people to the area” from Canada and other states.

For more information about the museum, call 528-0642.

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