Owls Head WinterFest this weekend at museum

Posted Feb. 19, 2010, at 8:35 p.m.
Owls Head WinterFest A Winter Transportation Festival  PHOTO COURTESY OF OWLS HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
OWLS HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
Owls Head WinterFest A Winter Transportation Festival PHOTO COURTESY OF OWLS HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

OWLS HEAD, Maine — The Owls Head Transportation Museum’s fourth annual WinterFest this weekend will feature a variety of antique vehicles meant for snowy weather.

Horse-drawn devices meant to pack snow and Model T snow vehicles with skis and caterpillar treads instead of wheels will be on display.

A blacksmith who will create carriage parts and a horse-drawn logging exhibition are new to this year’s festival.

“It’s all about winter transportation,” said the museum’s public relations director, Park Morrison. “If it goes in the snow, it goes in the show.”

The original plan for the festival was to run the old snowmobiles and winter vehicles on the museum’s snowy land, but the snow is mostly gone and the forecast is clear.

“Snow would have been great, but the show still goes on,” Morrison said.

Some vehicles, such as the steam-powered 1914 Lombard log hauler, will run Saturday and Sunday.

Morrison said anyone with antique winter vehicles is welcome to bring them into the festival.

On Friday afternoon, Wayne Campbell of Millinocket unloaded his vehicles, including two snowmobiles from the 1940s and a Model T Roadster pickup snowmobile.

Campbell works at a snowmobile museum in his hometown and thought of this as another educational outlet.

“We’ll have fun. People get a kick out of it,” Campbell said.

This will be his third time at the festival.

“It’s history that’s being preserved not just by the museum, but by individuals who like what they do,” Morrison said. “You’ll find as much passion in collecting snowmobiles as you will [in] collecting 1960 muscle cars.”

The festival runs 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at the museum. Tickets are $12 for adults, free for children under 18.

For more information about the event, call 594-4418 or visit http://www.ohtm.org.

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