Mark your calendars: Old Albany Days

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Activities and excitement will be on the agenda this weekend in the once-incorporated small community of Albany.

Starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 10, with a fun tractor cruise and running through Sunday, September 12, the 54th Annual Old Albany Days celebration promises to thrill kids and adults alike.

The start time is at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the Saturday festivities end after dinner at 7 p.m. and the event officially ends at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 5 for anyone 10 years of age or older, and free for anyone under 9.

Nineteen museum buildings will be open for Old Albany Days, showcasing vintage cars and tractors, steam and gas engines, a printing press, leather goods, sawmill, threshing, barn and canoe.

Daily demonstrations include metal smelting, corn husking and grinding, wool spinning, carpet weaving, threshing, apple cider pressing, soap making, basket weaving, trapping, forging and dutch oven baking.

Meals, snacks and drinks are available on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, an antique tractor pull will take place at 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, a historical show – “The Task of Freedom” will be presented at 2 pm at the Old Albany Museum. Admission is $ 5. Children under 10 are free when accompanied by an adult.

On Sunday, a Garden Tractor Pull will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday morning, a religious service will be offered at 10:30 a.m.

About Albany

Albany was founded in 1857. The population of the small farming community declined in the mid-1900s, after which the Albany Historical Museum was developed. Starting with two buildings – the 1867 Albany School and the Waggner House, built in the 1800s.

The Albany Historical Society acquired the school and the land in 1965, and since then many buildings have been constructed or relocated on the Albany land. Among the 15 buildings in total currently in Albany are a caboose, school buildings, train depot, log cabin, post office, blacksmith shop, and printing press.

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