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Curran Homestead to hold Summer Festival

Photo courtesy of Curran Homestead
Photo courtesy of Curran Homestead
Blacksmith Dwight King demonstrates a craft of earlier times during a previous Open Farm Day at Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington.

ORRINGTON — Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, the Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum volunteers invite the public to join in two days of Summer Festival and Open Farm Day on Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24, at 372 Fields Pond Road.

While hosting the Maine Antique Tractor Club and Western Maine Blacksmith Association members and their families, the volunteers and guests will offer a range of living history demonstrations, activities and exhibits for visitors of all ages.

In addition to small farm animals, Model T rides, scavenger hunts, live bluegrass music, great barbecue food, the two days will feature antique tractor exhibits, a blacksmith roundup and the farm’s most recent farm-family collections. Volunteers will welcome back for a visit Brian Higgins, the Curran Farm’s first museum director, for a tour of the facilities.

Higgins now resides in California and is known to many area history buffs for his work with the Curran Museum, as Joshua Chamberlain, Maine’s role in the Civil War, and the Brewer Historical Society especially.

Admission each day for members and donors is $3 adults, $2 students, with a maximum family cost of $10. For nonmembers, the daily admission is $5 adults, $3 students, maximum family cost $16. Admission includes all activities, rides, and events except the noon barbecue and the special Saturday evening events.

The optional program at 4 p.m. Saturday includes a comedy father-son team for adults and children, a baked bean-pig roast supper and a fun-filled “Woodchoppers’ Degree.”

The supper is sponsored by A Wee Bit Farm of Orland, a local farm dedicated to supplying all-natural meat products nitrate-free. The cost is $7, $4 students. At 6 p.m., “Hang on to your hats for the Woodchoppers’ Degree” with Francois Theriault, sponsored by Karen and Irv Marsters of Bangor Letter Shop (who have completed the degree).

No woodsworking experience is needed. There is a $20 fee for taking the degree and the certificate of completion. Both the supper and the Woodchoppers’ Degree have limited participation. Preregistration is recommended by calling Irv Marsters, 745-4426, or send a check to Curran Homestead, P.O.Box 107, Orrington 04474.

The Curran Homestead is a living history farm and museum preserving a vast collection of eclectic, turn-of-the-20th-century artifacts for education purposes. Using these original and reproduction artifacts, Curran volunteers provide experiences and exhibits illustrating the rural farm-family culture and economy in Maine, provoking thought and discussion about our history.

The Curran Homestead is an all-volunteer community education project and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that relies on members, donors and the community for support.

On Sunday, Aug. 7, at High Noon, the Curran Homestead will partner with the Maine Antique Tractor Club to produce a Doodlebug Pulling Challenge at the Curran Farm.

A Doodlebug is a vehicle that must be older than 1950, have no tractor parts unless those parts have nothing to do with the pulling, and vary in pulling classes according to number of transmissions and weight of the vehicle.

The last Doodlebug Challenge held in Farmington during June featured competition by three 1930s Model A’s, a 1933 Chevy, a 1940 K5 International, two late ’40s Chevys and a ’49 Ford. The winner of the top weight class pulled about 20,000 pounds of weight.

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