History — Old attractions and new additions set for the Aug. 16-17 event at Yamhill Valley Heritage Center in McMinnville

By Nico Hamacher, Graphic news intern

McMINNVILLE — From working vintage farm equipment to stagecoach rides and a tractor parade, this year’s Harvest Fest will have a little something for everybody.

Organized by the Yamhill County Historical Society, the event will run Aug. 16-17 at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, 11275 S.W. Durham Lane.

Among the attractions this year will be something new: mule made ice-cream. Titled “Half-Assed Ice-Cream with a Mulish Kick,” the stand will use the energy created by a walking mule to churn a vintage ice cream maker explained owner Wayne Beckwith.

Harvest Fest will be the first event where Beckwith and his mule Breezy will be making ice cream. He said he hopes the public turns out to watch.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Historic events - Wayne Beckwith will take his mules to Harvest Fest this year and create ‘Half-Assed Ice-Cream with a Mulish Kick,' using the energy created by a walking mule to churn a vintage ice cream maker.

“She’s (Breezy) never made ice cream until about a month ago,” he said. “I think if people are interested in seeing some very unique things happen they should come on the 16th and 17th.”

The ice cream will be sold for $2 and all profits will benefit the Yamhill County Historical Society. The ice cream is made solely out of sugar, cream, vanilla and milk. “No things you can’t pronounce,” Beckwith said.

The Harvest Fest will also feature a working replica of a 1860s Abbot-Downing Concord stagecoach, a functioning sawmill and blacksmiths shops.

Many musicians and groups will perform at the event, including the Braids and Braves Square Dance Club, Baker Street, the Old Time Country Music group, Yamhillbillies and Kory Knutz.

Other things to look forward to include children’s games, a flag raising ceremony, animals, a tractor parade and (slow) race, mules pulling vintage farm equipment, festival food, root beer floats and more.

The festivities begin go from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $5 for adults and is free to children under 12. For more information, call 1-503-434-0490 or visit www.

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