Abe and his tractor on the ballance beams.

This is how you separate the cream from the milk.

On Monday we celebrated our annual Spring on the Farm festival in collaboration with the Southeast Implement Collectors’ annual Tractor Show. The day began with a Jreewe (cracklings) breakfast for the exhibitors and other interested guests. Throughout the events that followed, festival attendance was good and the weather cooperated until a light drizzle arrived at about 4:00.

As reported previously, our MHV theme for 2012 is A Child’s World: From Slate to Tablet. Given this specific focus on children, our goal has been to introduce a number of new activities at MHV geared for the younger set. All our festivals this summer will feature a Children’s Tent in which we will feature children’s entertainers and activities. At Monday’s event, Mr. Ken and Mr. Ben were the featured entertainers. The children, and even some parents, found their act quite engaging. We also initiated a children’s parade, inviting youngsters to drive their toy tractors, trucks, ATVs and the like. As part of the formal tractor games, children were given the opportunity to do a “tug-of-war” with a couple of small garden tractors. These latter activities were special additions to an already children-focused festival day.

Our youngest tractor driver

One of the highlights of the day was Steam Club ‘71’s plowing demonstration, using their steam engine and a recently restored six-bottom John Deere platform plow. Despite some concerns that the field might be too wet, the steamer operators decided to try it. A significant crowd of guests followed the steamer to the field to observe this unique demonstration. It was interesting to note that the steamer needed to stop in mid-field for about 15 minutes to build up more steam pressure before proceeding.

In the forenoon, interested guests enjoyed a CD launch featuring Ron Plett and Koop en Bua in Dietschlaund. In the afternoon, Dr. Dennis Giesbrecht came to read from his recently released book, Pete and Tillie. At 3:00 PM The Rock Ridge Pickers took the stage under the large white tent and provided their audience with a solid entertainment package.

We are thankful for the day’s comfortable weather, our faithful volunteers, a good group of sponsors, and the many visitors who chose MHV as their destination this past Victoria Day.

About the Author

Gary is responsible for the overall management of MHV. Guiding the staff, informing the board, and networking with officials, volunteers, corporate sponsors, individual donors and other guests. He has a business diploma and a MA in Global Studies from Providence Theological Seminary. With his family he did humanitarian work for 18 years in Asia, including being a CEO of a Compost Enterprise in China. He loves to discuss the Mennonite story and how it is relevant in our world. Learn more about the MHV.

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