Old Albany Days is this weekend
Activities and excitement will run rampant this weekend at the small, once-incorporated community of Albany.
Kicking off at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, with a Tractor Fun Cruise and running until 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, the 53rd annual Old Albany Days celebration promises to delight children and adults alike.
Start time is 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings, with Saturday’s festivities concluding after dinner at 7 p.m., and the event officially coming to an end at 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for anyone 10 years or older, and free for anyone under 9 years old.
Fourteen museum buildings will be open for Old Albany Days, showcasing antique cars and tractors, steam and gas engines, a print shop, a leather shop and a saw mill.
Among the demonstrations each day are glass blowing, aluminum casting, corn shelling and grinding, wool spinning, rug weaving, threshing, apple cider pressing, soap making, basket weaving, trapping, blacksmithing and Dutch oven cooking. Also each day will feature a quilt show, flea market and craft show.
Meals, snacks and drinks are available on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, an antique tractor pull will be held at 1 p.m. A parade also will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday, a Garden Tractor Pull will be held at 1 p.m. On Sunday morning, a church worship service will be offered at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday afternoon, the kids can stay busy with a Hot Wheels Dragway Race at 1:30 p.m.
Highlighting this year’s event will be the story of “The Life and Times of the Pioneer Women.”
Albany was founded in 1857. The small farming community’s population dwindled in the mid 1900s, after which the Albany Historical Museum was developed. Beginning with two buildings — the 1867 Albany School and the Waggner house, built in the 1800s. The Albany Historical Society acquired the school and grounds in 1965, and since then numerous buildings have been built or moved to the Albany grounds. Among the 15 total buildings now at Albany are a caboose, school buildings, train depot, log cabin, post office, blacksmith shop and a print shop.