Ag Museum Happenings at the Schuylkill County Fair

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Catch the Tractor parade daily at 4 PM at the Schuylkill County Fair, July 30 – August 4. Young and old will enjoy seeing the antique tractors parade around the fairgrounds as Grayden and Halley Keller participate. (Photo by: Ray Silcox)

The Ag Museum at the Fair has a number of attractions to interest the whole family.  In its 24rd year, the Schuylkill County Agricultural Museum’s mission is to preserve the history of local agriculture through many diverse means.   Since the Ag Museum is 24 years old that makes them legal, but not antique until they are at least 25.   The museum offers self-guided tours, exhibits operating antique farm machinery, equipment, engines, woodworking tools, a sawmill and household appliances.

A chalk board at the welcome area lists the schedule of the day’s events.  Sure to be listed is a small agricultural equipment operation demonstration with the hit and miss engines.   Speaking of demonstrations there are the milling of wood in the saw mill area.   Not to be missed and listed daily on the chalk board is the Bessemer engine.   The engine itself is working piece of history.  It is a 40 horsepower, 14,000 lb. oil field engine built in 1906 in Western PA.   The engine was used to power a feed mill. Inclusive with the engines and tractors are the People Choice Awards where the public may vote on their favorite tractor.

At the Ag Museum track there will be two Truck Pulls, Celebrity Tractor Pull, Side by Side Drag Racing, lawn tractor pull and antique tractor pull.  In its eight year, and as promised last year that the Truck Pulls would be bigger and better for 2018.  Track improvements should make the competition more exciting.  Local gas and diesel trucks are pulling on Monday, July 30st at 7PM.  You don’t want to miss the trail of black smoke and grinding of gears for these diesel trucks.  Stick around later in the evening and see Street Legal Semi’s pull.  Sponsor of the event is J. C. Hill Tree Farm.    Then on Tuesday, July 31 the big rigs come to town as the track will be taken over by Lucas Oil / East Coast National Pull featuring Multi Engine Modified Tractors, Hot Farm Tractors, Limited Pro Stock, Semi’s and East Coast Diesel – Pro Stock Diesel, FWD Trucks.  Sponsoring these events are Reynmil Inc. Forest Products, Kistler Transportaiton, Alpine Building Supply, M. Weider Trucking Inc., Kistler Farms, Minersville Auto Parts.

Wednesday, August 1 is always a fun day at the track starting with the Celebrity Tractor Pull and ending with the Side by Side FWD Drag Racing.  Come cheer on local noted individuals “outstanding in their field” attempt to sit in the driver seat of the tractors and push the throttle forward.  Who will end up being the winner is anyone’s guess; could be the person with the heaviest hand or is that a lead foot.  The celebrity tractor pull has drawn a number of many eager participants applying their skills to win the coveted trophy and the bragging rights for the year as the champion celebrity pull champion.   Don’t blink or you will miss the excitement of the Side by Side FWD Drag Racing.  The local boys will be pressing the pedal to the metal for top bragging rights to be the fastest on the Fair’s track for 2018.

Thursday, on the track we have Lorah Lawnmower Pulls.  New to the lineup this year.  Sure to be entertaining to see the how the workhorse of the lawn can be put through extreme measures as the pull more than their weight.

Saturday, August 4th will be the time set aside for the Antique Tractors to pull.  Taking the track at 10 AM this day is the older crowd.  Going it a little slower, but with age comes strength and that will be seen as the mighty workhorse of the farm parades down the track.     For details on the Pulls see the fair’s web site at www.schuylkillfair.com.

The Ag Museum operates the Tractor Parade daily around 4:30.  See the tractors as they meander through the fairgrounds displaying the theme of the day.  On Kid’s Day the Ag Museum operates the Pedal Tractor pull at 5:30PM.   So kids, strengthen those leg muscles for the Pedal Tractor pull on Tuesday, July 31st

Friday, August 3 the Ag Museum will be demonstrating their antique threshing machine and bailer on the midway 6 PM.

The Ag Museum is open daily with an interactive experience for all to experience and don’t want to miss.

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