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Show Aug. 27 for Food Grains Bank

The fifth annual Mervin Lush Memorial Antique Tractor Show and Harvest Celebration sponsored by the Bighead River Foodgrains Project will be taking place on Aug. 27 at the farm of Marjorie Webb and John McCann, 136606 Grey County Road 12 between Meaford and Markdale.

The show features a number of local older tractors, many of which are still used in the fields today. There will also be threshing, shingle making, and horse powered electricity demonstrations.

Live entertainment, a barbecue, and refreshments, a bake sale, apple pie judging, a children’s area with face painting and farm animals, wagon rides, a quilt raffle and quilting demonstrations will round out the list of activities for the day.

New this year will be a live auction of donated items and a tractor parade.

Admission is by donation with tax receipts available for donations over $10. All proceeds are forwarded to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to be used in the fight against world hunger and are matched four to one by the Canadian International Development Agency. The event begins at 10am and runs to 4pm.

The Bighead River Foodgrains Project was organized in 1997 by several churches in the Meaford area as a growing project for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank with 15 acres of mixed grain.

Since then it has expanded to include most of the churches in and around Meaford and now grows 42 acres of crops including hay, wheat, and soybeans.  Other fund raising events include an annual spring concert, church dinners, and refreshment booths at various events.

Since its inception, the Bighead River Foodgrains Project has raised over $244,000 to help feed starving people throughout the world.


August 26, 2011


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