300 Years Of Haymaking To Be Featured At Pasto Agricultural Museum

July 13, 2006

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Antique horse-powered hay-making equipment will be demonstrated at the Pasto Agricultural Museum during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17.

These demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15 and 16, are part of the museum's featured exhibit titled, "300 Years of Haymaking in Pennsylvania, 1640 - 1940, From Seed to Feed."

Field demonstrations both days between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. will feature horses pulling a mower, tedder, dump rake, side-delivery rake and hay wagon with a mechanical hay loader. Of special interest will be a demonstration of the long-gone practice of putting loose hay into a miniature barn with a horse-powered hay fork and overhead track.

Finally, a 1905 Panama horse-powered hay press will be operated. This always-popular attraction was first shown at Ag Progress Days in 2000 and again in 2004. It's back again to anchor the "300 Years of Haymaking" program.

In addition to the field activities, a 40-foot by 80-foot tent next to the museum will feature static exhibits of antique equipment and descriptions of how hay crops were seeded, harvested and stored over the past 300 years.

"We have come a long way in 300 years," said exhibit coordinator John Baylor, a retired extension forage specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "Thanks to the generous support of the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council, the American Forage and Grassland Council and the agricultural industry, Penn State can offer this interesting historical presentation."

During the museum's silent auction, visitors can take home a " hay-day memory." On Tuesday and Wednesday, several special toy hay balers and equipment will be up for bid. All proceeds will go to the museum's Enhancement Campaign.

The hands-on museum also features many more than 300 farm and home implements from the "muscle-power era," before the advent of electricity and gasoline-powered engines. Many of the museum's pieces have been restored to working order, permitting visitors to see them in operation.

For more information, contact Braund at 814-863-1383, by e-mail at pastoagmuseum@psu.edu or visit the Pasto Web site at http://pasto.cas.psu.edu/.

Penn State's Ag Progress Days is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Route 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 15; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 16; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit the Ag Progress Days Web site at http://apd.cas.psu.edu/.

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EDITORS: Contact Pasto Museum Curator Darwin Braund at 814-863-1383 or by e-mail pastoagmuseum@psu.edu.

Jeff Mulhollem Writer/Editor Phone: 814-863-2719 E-mail: jjm29@psu.edu

Last Updated March 19, 2009