Press Release

Living history farm and museum to host Harvest Festival

Photo courtesy of The Curran Homestead

Doodlebug pulling will be one of the featured events at the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Curran Homestead in Orrington.

ORRINGTON, Maine — Visitors to The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum, 372 Fields Pond Road, can take a step back in time during its Harvest Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at facility.

Curran Farm Museum Director Bruce Bowden invites the public watch the cider mill turning, help turn the crank and see how bushels of local apples will be transformed into a tasty beverage.

Enjoy samples of fresh-baked cookies and applesauce from the wood-fired cookstove in the farmhouse kitchen. Watch blacksmiths heat and bend iron and steel into interesting and useful objects in the smithy. Visit and pet small farm animals in the barn, including Zeus, a 4-H lamb raised by Colin Jenkins and recently donated by the Miller family of Bangor.

See the return of Thor, a Scottish Highland bull calf from A Wee Bit Farm in Orland. Take a turn at doing laundry early 1900s style. Watch blocks of wood turned into useful items on a lathe by master woodturner Temple Blackwood of Castine. Join Earl Strandel and his team of horses for a wagon ride or take a ride in a 1917 Model T automobile. See antique engines belonging to members of the Maine Antique Power Association.

Fresh-Cut Grass, a group of local bluegrass musicians, will perform 11 a.m.-noon.

At 1 p.m. members of the Maine Antique Tractor Club’s Doodlebug group will return for the final competition of the year. They will put their antique and home-made vehicles through their paces. Mostly 1920s and 1930s engines, the doodlebugs, also known locally as jitterbugs, compete in a fun contest to see who can pull the most weight and win “bragging rights.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, since viewing will be on the farm’s hillside overlooking the parking lot where the pulling challenge will take place.

Admission to members is $6, $4 children and students, $20 family. non-members admission fee is $8, $5 children and students, $26. Admission includes all events, activities and samples.

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