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Annual Harvest Festival set for Aug. 17-18 at the Yamhill County Heritage Center in McMinnville

FILE PHOTO - The Yamhill County Historical Society's annual Harvest Fest will feature displays of vintage farm equipment in action, a blacksmith shop, historical displays, music, food, vendors and more on Aug. 17-18 in McMinnville.

McMINNVILLE – The Yamhill County Historical Society's annual Harvest Fest is set for mid-August and will celebrate the county's rich history at the Yamhill County Heritage Center.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17-18 at the center's 11275 S.W. Durham Lane location. In past years, the event has drawn around 3,000 people over the two days, officials said.

Festival-goers can witness the harvesting of the annual oat crop on the farm, using vintage farm equipment and teams of horses of mules. The entire campus of the center will host events and activities, and vendors will be on site selling various goods and food.

The day will feature displays of the oat harvest with horses, mules and vintage farm equipment; pioneer kids' activities, pedal tractors and animal petting; a working sawmill and blacksmith shop; historical displays and photos; tours of the museum on the campus and the 1880s Hutchcroft School; performances of old time music; food, vendors and more.

The day will also feature the Peerless steam tractor engine, the Harvest Café will be open throughout the day and stagecoach rides will be available as well. There is a tractor parade both days beginning at 1 p.m. Live music will be performed throughout the festival.

General admission tickets are $8, but children under the age of 12 get in for free.

This is one of several farm-themed events the historical society hosts throughout the year. Earlier this year, they hosted the annual Farm Fest and a plowing competition in April, which featured over 20 teams of draft horses and mules. That event is billed as the largest plowing competition on the West Coast.

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