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Take museum tours, watch historical demonstrations, pet animals and more later this month.

COURTESY PHOTO: YCHS - The annual Harvest Fest is slated for Aug. 2021 at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center in McMinnville.

Later this month, county residents have a chance to learn what it was like to live in the past by experiencing history lessons during the annual Harvest Fest at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center in McMinnville. Hosted by the Yamhill County Historical Society, the event will take place at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.

The address is 11275 S.W. Durham Lane.

Guests can enjoy stagecoach rides, museum tours, historical demonstrations, pioneer kids' activities, petting animals, pedaling tractors, engaging with local authors and nonprofits, vendors, music and more.

For instance, they might observe the harvesting of a 7-acre oat field using mules, tractors and antique farm equipment, such as a 1925 John Deere horse-drawn binder, a 1926 John Deere stationary bailer, a 1927 Advance-Rumely threshing machine, a 1950s Allis Chalmers round bale baler and a 16-foot tall derrick for lifting straw and hay. Sawmill and blacksmith demonstrations are also available. COURTESY PHOTO: YCHS - Tradesman will demonstrate their crafts at the event later this month.

New this year is the "Everyday Chores" exhibit in Heritage Hall, which showcases women's weekly chore schedule in the past.

As for music, Bootleg Jam will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 20, followed by Freddy & the Stumpjumpers from 2 to 4 p.m. On Aug. 21, old-time music will play from noon to 1:30 p.m., followed by Allie Washburn Band from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stagecoach rides are $1 per person (an adult must accompany children 12 and under).

Food options include hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, root beer floats and homemade cobbler.

Admission is free for members and kids under 12. General admission is $8. No pets are allowed except for service dogs. Masks are recommended.

Visit YamhillCountyHistory.org or call 503-472-2842 for more information.


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