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Tractor Talk

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Tractor Talk Time is a Free Community Program That Takes Place on the First Tuesday of Every Month From 9:00AM to Around Noon.

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We are always looking for speakers. If you have an interesting story to tell, please contact us. All speakers volunteer their time. Topics range from tractors, agriculture, implements, farming, history and even personal life stories.

Agenda

We start off around 9:00am with free coffee and snacks. Lots of socializing, viewing the galleries and getting settled. Then at 10:00am we present a speaker who speaks anywhere from a half hour to maybe an hour. After the speaker is finished, we have Round Table Discussions where everyone has a chance to speak. This is your turn to ask questions, tell a story, maybe tell a joke or even ask for advice. After this we have the draws for the door prizes. We usually have three draws, including a coveted Promotional Bag filled with goodies donated by organizations, businesses, municipalities and individuals. Then all participants are welcome to continue viewing the galleries. Tractor Talk is usually over before noon.

There is no charge for this program, but donations are graciously accepted and much appreciated.

Past Tractor Talk Speaker Topics

Please check our facebook page for a commentary write up within a day or two of each segment with photos!
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
It's Seniors week and this means we will have a special edition of Tractor Talk. We will start off in the morning with a panel of speakers and then lunch will be provided. And then we will have Round Table Discussions in the afternoon after lunch. The topic will be agriculturally focused towards seniors and will include how and when to know when it's time to move off the family farm.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Audrey Weise will be telling us about Bernard Weise's life.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Speaker to be announced.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Les Dunford will be talking about the Wild Rose blacksmith competition, recently held in Barrhead, and the art of making horseshoes from a straight piece of iron. He will be telling us some history about horseshoes and how it relates to agriculture in the past, before and even during the early days of tractors. And he'll show us a few pictures of threshing and using horses to haul bundles.

Tuesday, February 2, 2020
Rod McFarlane will talk about the Rite and the Big Bud Tractors.

Brothers Dave & Jack Curtis helped the Wagner brothers develop and perfect the Wagner tractor. In 1973, the Curtis brothers built their first Rite tractor.

When the John Deere-Wagner deal was finalized, Havre Wagner Tractor Dealer Wilber Hensler had no tractors to sell. So along with his workshop foreman, Bud Nelson, Hensler built a new tractor called the Big Bud in 1969.

Tuesday January 7, 2020
Ian West, member of the Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club will be talking about Ford and Fordson Tractors.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Rod McFarlane, Member of the Vintage Tractor & Machinery Club, and active member of the Canadian Tractor Museum will be telling us a story about “Bringing Home the Sawmill: A Pioneer Odyssey” by John Forge.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Robert Lawrence, Westlock’s local Veterinarian, will be telling us a story about his Great Uncle who was a Bombardier during World War II.