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Power and Equipment Museum’s antique tractor collection soon to have a home

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MADRID - The St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum’s antique tractor collection will soon have a home of their own on the grounds at 1755 state Highway, Madrid.

In 2013, St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum Vice President Reggie Chester, along with other museum members, began to realize the need for a display building and restoration shop, which would provide a central location on the grounds for the many vintage tractors belonging to the museum.

Mr. Chester, along with the Tractor Building Committee, including Wayne Hill, Don Lustyik, Ken Tupper, Wayne Stark and Leon Cline, saw the dream become a reality in the fall of 2013. With the help of museum supporters, the creation of a multi-use building was begun to house the museum’s antique tractor collection, while also providing additional space for a repair shop and an area for demonstrations during the museum’s two yearly exhibitions.

Fundraising efforts included a goal of $70,000. To date they have reached a level of $55,000, which allowed the start of construction to become a reality.

The many gifts of labor and supplies include one truckload of 14-foot-long logs, donated by Pat Curran of Seaway Timber Harvesting. Jim Mitchell, sawyer, used his homemade saw mill to produce 8,000 board feet of lumber to create siding for the building. RSI Roofing of Gouverneur provided 6,000 square feet of commercial grade standing seam roofing and labor for the installation of the roof. Burns Construction of Madrid were contracted to frame in the building.

The museum hopes to have the tractor building up and enclosed before next winter and is looking forward to having a permanent home for its resident antique tractors.

In addition to the museum’s open houses every second and fourth Saturday of the month through October, the annual Harvest Day’s Exhibition will be held Aug. 30 and 31. Open houses are free to the public, and the admission fee for the Harvest Day’s Exhibition is $5 for ages 12 and older. Children under 12 are free.

In addition, the Northern Empire State and Upper Canada Chapters of the Antique Truck Club of America will present the Border Antique Truck Show on the grounds Aug. 16 and 17.

Further information regarding the museum and its events can be found at www.slpowermuseum.com or by calling 344-7470.

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