An elevator society volunteer sorts grain from freshly threshed wheat. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

An elevator society volunteer sorts grain from freshly threshed wheat. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

Stettler’s Elevator Preservation Society hosts fundraising barbecue

The Stettler Elevator Preservation Society hosted their Harvest Barbecue on Oct. 1

Running from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the fundraising barbecue served up hamburgers, sausage dogs, beans, potato salad and ice cream for dessert.

Once attendees were done eating, there was plenty of other things to keep them busy at the elevator with many demonstrations going on.

Volunteer Stan Eichhorn fired up an old tractor affectionately named “Minnie Mouse,” which was equipped with a portable saw-mill, and gave a demonstration with another volunteer.

Volunteer Verna Rock baked cinnamon buns in an old-fashioned wood-fired oven.

Others pulled out “The Little Giant” threshing machine, and its power source, “The Beast,” a 1912 Harvester Engine and gave several demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

In addition to the active demonstrations, the static displays in the elevator were open for people to look through.

According to Eicchorn, the Stettler Elevator, which was built by Parrish and Heimbecker around 1920, is unique in the province as it is the only one open to the public that still has the attached feed-mill, in addition to elevator.

The Elevator Preservation Society is a non-profit that seeks to preserve and restore the agricultural heritage of the region.

Volunteers and donations are always needed for the various projects on the go; for more information, check out www.stettlergrainelevator.com.

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A pair of museum volunteers demonstrate cutting wood using a saw blade mounted on an old tractor. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

A pair of museum volunteers demonstrate cutting wood using a saw blade mounted on an old tractor. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

There was a good turnout for the Harvest Barbecue, and the community members who came out filled the tables inside and out! (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

There was a good turnout for the Harvest Barbecue, and the community members who came out filled the tables inside and out! (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

Inside the Stettler P and H Elevator are many unique displays, including this old scale! (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

Inside the Stettler P and H Elevator are many unique displays, including this old scale! (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

Inside the Stettler P and H Elevator are many unique displays, including this old scale! (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

Inside the Stettler P and H Elevator are many unique displays, including this old scale! (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

The Stettler Elevator Society held a fundraising barbecue on Oct. 1. Part of the activities included a threshing demonstration! (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

The Stettler Elevator Society held a fundraising barbecue on Oct. 1. Part of the activities included a threshing demonstration! (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

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