Ontario farmers can view antique tractors and support the Foodgrains Bank

John and Eunice Bosomworth’s antique John Deere tractor collection in Ayton, Ont. started in 1966 with a single tractor. Today it has grown to about 100 tractors, many of them restored by John, along with other antique items from rural Canadian life such as cream separators, horse drawn sleighs, plows, hay forks, signs and more.
 
On August 3-4, the collection will be on display for the last time as a fundraiser for Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
 
Called the Antique Extravaganza, the event takes place 10 AM to 5 PM August 3 and noon to 5 PM, August 4. The farm is located at 102081 Conc. 6 West Grey, R.R. 2, Ayton (near Mount Forest).
 
This is the third time the Bosomworths have opened their collection to the public to raise funds for the Foodgrains Bank. The first time was in 2006, when about 1,400 people came, raising $13,000. In 2009 about the same number of people attended, but this time $21,000 was raised.
 
John died in 2012; Eunice and her children decided to open the collection to the public one last time in his memory. This time they hope to raise $30,000, says Eunice, in recognition of the Foodgrains Bank’s 30th anniversary.
 
In addition to seeing the tractors, visitors can also see the family’s herd of Norwegian Fjord horses.
 
“It’s such a worthwhile project,” says Eunice of the decision to once again support the Foodgrains Bank through the open house. “It’s also a chance to honour John and share the collection with others.”
 
For more information visit www.antiqueextravaganza.com

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