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The Clark Farm of Moody Mountain, Searsmont
Annual Maple Syrup Festival and Irish Celebration
Maine State Girl Scout Event, April 24, 2010
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Antique Tractor Show & Jitterbug Pull, Farmington
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Homeschooled Group Field Trip, October28, 2010
Top of the Hill Farm/ Turner Farm, Holden, Maine
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Halloween 2008
The Devereux Farm, Penobscot
Highlights of 2010
New Double Work Station Side Draft Forge Project
Half Track Attachment on 1953 John Deere Project
NYSCA Support Materials
Ice Harvest 2012
Jitterbug Pull 2011
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Board members and the museum director of the Curran Homestead took a field trip to the Farmington Fairgrounds to see an Antique Tractor Show and Jitterbug Pull on June 27, 2010. Bill Wilkins, who took one of our beginning blacksmithing classes, belongs to a group of jitterbug owners and pull competitors and invited us to come down and see the "pull" and see fellow jitterbug afficiandos. Bill entered his Ford Model AA and 1951 Chevy in the competition reaching the final rounds. The object of the pull is for entrees to pull concrete block weights on a stone sled. Each concrete block weighs 500 pounds. As each round is completed another 1000 pounds is added to the stone boat eventually making for some hard tuggin' for these vintage re-purposed autos and trucks. Amazingly these vehicles can pull greater weights than modern tractors. The 1922 Buick was a testament to this when  it reached a pulling weight of 6 tons before reaching its limit in addition to the front end lifting off the ground. One vehicle was more obviously out of the competition and unable to go to the next round of weight when a loud noise followed by oil draining out underneath stopped it dead in its tracks. The Curran Homestead has its own collection of jitterbugs and anticipates restoring them to good working order in the near future; we are always looking for anyone interested in helping us achieve that goal with mechanical know-how, brawn, and much appreciated charitable donations of materials and funds. 
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