Horse Parade returns to Dunvegan Harvest Fall Pageant after a three-year COVID hiatus

On Sunday, September 11, the hooves of steel-shod horse hooves will probably be heard once more within the streets of Dunvegan, as the favored horse parade returns to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s twenty second Harvest Fall Pageant.

One of many largest equestrian occasions of its form in Japanese Ontario, the procession will get underway at 1 p.m., with Quigley Highlanders pipes and drums main a protracted convoy of horsemen and horsemen – accompanied by horse-drawn buggies, wagons and carts.

“This celebration of the significance of horsepower to the farming group of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is at all times an actual crowd pleaser,” commented Clay McWhitter, chairman of the competition’s organizing committee. “We’re so glad it is a part of this 12 months’s Fall Pageant.”

Rain or shine, the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s annual Harvest Fall Pageant is at all times a delight for each younger and outdated. It is a likelihood to expertise how Glengarry’s early settlers lived and labored. Some highlights of the day embrace:

  • Pioneering life reveals corresponding to hand churning buttercream, quilt and rug making, animal husbandry, wool spinning and way more.
  • Outdated agricultural machines, corresponding to a threshing mill, a horse-sweep powered noticed and a mechanical cedar shingle maker, have been all introduced again to life.
  • Native artisans clarify their craft and promote their wares.
  • Musical leisure tent providing all the pieces from Swiss horn to bluegrass and particular visitor: Jim Graham.
  • Supervised youngsters tent with crafts and actions for teenagers.
  • Refreshment tent with scorching meals, gentle drinks and country-sized slices of selfmade pie.
  • Star Inn Bar and Beer Backyard.

The competition additionally options a powerful Harvest Sale fundraising tent, with tables groaning underneath the burden of selfmade bread, pies, squares and different baked items, jams, jellies, preserves, contemporary fruits, greens, plantains and extra. – All can be found for buy. The tent additionally hosts the annual Superjuk competitors. Individuals are invited to decorate up a zucchini as their favourite superhero and drop off their entry earlier than 2 p.m.

One other exercise that’s returning is ‘Cow Pie ​​50/50 Raffle’. The truth is, it was so widespread final 12 months that two attracts can be held: one round midday and the opposite after the horse parade. The way in which Cow Pie ​​Raffle works is {that a} cow turns free on a grid with 225 numbered squares and the one on whom she deposits a cow pie is the winner. Raffle tickets will probably be out there on the competition, however persons are inspired to buy them on-line at

Admission to the competition prices $10 per particular person ($5 for museum members and college students ages 6 to 18) and the household fee is $25. Youngsters underneath 5 are free. Money, debit and bank cards are accepted on the entrance.

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is situated in Dunvegan, Ontario on the intersection of County Street 24 (Dunvegan Street) and County Street 30 (Greenfield Street). Parking is on the market on the road, or close to the Kenyon Presbyterian Church car parking zone. Accessible parking can be out there.

The ‘pressured’ Glengarry, owned by Bernie St. Denis and Laurie Bartlett, was the star of the present on the Pioneer Museum’s 2021 Harvest Pageant. Jabria dropped her cow pie on sq. #47, which was purchased by Elodie Leduc of Saint-Isidore. submitted picture

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