Man Made Border Divides Rural and Urban

 

The contrast is typical and increasingly noticeable in Alberta. A man-made border divides rural and urban and wheat, barley and canola from rows of buildings. Each side of the border offers the residents a very different lifestyle. 
Driving West of Leduc on Highway 39 is a classic example of this contrast. After passing the Co-op gas bar on the right, the 7-11 convenience store on the left and several blocks of new houses, condos and apartments,  there is no doubt you are leaving urban surroundings and entering a rich agricultural region of Alberta. The vast, bountiful crops of golden wheat, barley and canola are evidence that agricultural equipment will soon be swarming over the land to bring in the harvest and conclude another successful growing season. 
On September 10th and 11th a few kilometers further West of Leduc along Highway 39 is a sign that is proclaiming agricultural equipment is already in ‘the field’. Turning right off the highway is the Alberta Heritage Exposition Park owned and operated by the Leduc West Antique Society. This was the site hosting vast displays and demonstrations of vintage farm equipment, stationary engines, water pump jacks, threshing machines, sawing of lumber and logs, blacksmithing and a spectator favorite, the annual tractor pulls.
Crowds gathered along the straight, regularly groomed track during the two days of competitions to watch John Deere, Minneapolis Moline, Oliver, Massey Harris and IHC antique tractors square off for glamour and glory. The Saturday competition was the qualifying pull that moved the successful tractors and drivers to the finals on Sunday. 
  Competitors eagerly waited in line to hook onto the sled, a piece of equipment that measures and records the distance of each pull. As one competitor explained from the seat of his IHD WD-9 while waiting for his turn, “I usually go to several of these throughout the province every summer. All the tractors are weighed before the competition and placed in appropriate classes to compete. Some of us carry fluid in the tires to improve traction. Some of the other guys use weights bolted onto the wheels. Winning is a delicate balance between momentum and power. Momentum (faster gear- faster speed) carries you further but you also power out sooner. Power may cause you to spin out sooner.”
Tractors and riders were everywhere. Even kids were seen preparing for the next generation of tractor pull participants as they displayed energy and showed enjoyment with the chance to experiment on pedal bike tractors. 
This great harvest show offered guests who travelled from across Western Canada much more.
Pancake Breakfast each day 
Tractor Pulls and Balance Beam 
Tractor Square Dancing 
Antique Parade 
Petting Zoo 
Special Events for the Young - barrel train, playground and more 
Free Jigger Train Rides 
Vendors offering antique and other items for sale 
Live entertainment on stage all day 
Great food including home made pies                                   
 On Saturday evening a country style supper for $10.00. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Leduc West Antique Society was formed in 1990 to collect, restore, maintain, display and demonstrate artifacts which were used by the pioneers of Alberta. Members, some of which have been volunteering their time and effort for over 20 years, are committed to providing the opportunity for present and future generations to have an opportunity to see these artifacts at the Alberta Heritage Exposition Park. 
For more information contact: LWAS Information Line Summer 780-986-5912, Keith Evenson (Pres.)  
 keithevenson@hotmail.com
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