Fort Langley’s farm museum has busy season

The BC Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum in Fort Langley opened its doors for the season on April 1 and volunteers have exciting events planned for the next seven months.

From horses to horseless carriages, there is something for everyone’s interest this year and all events are geared for families.

Saturday, April 26, is All Things Horse Day, a partnership with the Langley Horse and Farm Federation.

The day will include horse-related displays and demonstrations, and feature a blacksmith shoeing draft horses, a demo on pack horses for those who want to venture into the wilderness, and unveiling of a 1902 Victoria carriage made by Brewster Co. The carriage will be pulled by a pair of Friesian horses from breeder Hank VanderKooi of Chilliwack.

Folks can also learn about horse harnesses and the Pony Comes to School program.

“The farm museum houses a total pioneer life collection and horses were a very important part of pioneer life,” said Grace Muller, past president of the BC Farm Museum Association.

“It’s a day to honour horses and all things horsey.”

Thursday, May 1, marks the unveiling of the new Seed Exhibition with the opening reception for 6:30 p.m. The Seed Exhibit, celebrating the rich agricultural heritage of Langley farmers, explores the vital link seeds have played in all areas of agriculture and pioneer life in Langley: from vegetable farming, to grain growing, to raising livestock. It will explore how seeds were planted, harvested, and processed. The Seed Exhibit will run through October.

Monday, May 19, is the annual May Day Parade and will feature 10 entries of antique tractors and wagons from the museum. The parade starts at 11 a.m. in Fort Langley.

Sunday, June 1, is Model A

Sunday with more than 45 restored cars parked outside the Farm Museum, plus interesting displays inside. The 1919 Ford will also be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1,is Canada Day – one of the special days at the museum.

“This will be really exciting this year,” said Muller. “There will be exhibits, entertainment and childrens’ activities, including a scavenger hunt with prizes inside the museum, geared to kids of all ages.”

There will also be a petting zoo, B.C. dairyman’s exhibit, a trip inside the historic Moir blacksmith shop (from Milner), balloon twisting, and entertainment featuring the Lounge Brothers banjo and guitar picking, a Chinese dance troupe and children’s entertainers.

There will also be special events at the nearby Fort Langley National Historic Site and Langley Centennial Museum on Canada Day.

Monday, Aug. 4, is BC Day and another special day with many display engines running, plus the ‘must see’ Garden Scale Model Train Club’s whole railroad system (including steam engines) operating for four days, Friday through Monday.

Monday, Sept. 1, is Labour Day, and also Old and New Days at the Farm Museum. Come and see how things were done more 100 years ago. A John Deere tractor from the museum will be exhibited alongside a 2014 John Deere tractor on loan day from Prairie Coast Equipment. So check out the past and the present with more than 20 exhibits, including a vintage fire truck.

All special events run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is by donation.

The BC Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum is at 9131 King St. in Fort Langley. For more information see www.bcfma.com or call 604-888-2273.

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