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Last Blast at the Simcoe County Museum

People today spend hours on the road, driving to the cottage, work, and even taking the kids to school. While driving, have you ever wondered how these roads were created?
Well wonder no more! The Simcoe County Museum has partnered with the Historical Construction Equipment Association of Canada (HCEA) to bring you Last Blast. On Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. come to the Museum to see graders, crushers, dozers, and even a steam shovel in action. The whole family will love our many demonstrations including Simcoe County’s largest sandbox complete with “real life” Tonka’s.
HCEA Canada’s mission is to locate, preserve and restore the construction equipment that helped to build Canada from Confederation onward. Equally important is the recognition of the contribution of the Canadian construction industry and equipment manufacturers as well the individual equipment operators, mechanics, welders and support personnel – their endurance, skill and sacrifice helped to build Canada.
HCEA Canada was formed in 1996 to formalize a group of like-minded individuals eager to preserve antique construction equipment. Members also record construction history in addition to collecting memorabilia and related trade literature. Much has been accomplished in the group’s first 20 years: their collection has grown and they have undertaken significant restoration of such artifacts as horse-drawn equipment of the early 1900’s, steam shovels and steam rollers of the 1920’s and the diesel equipment of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
The club now includes active club members from every province in Canada as well as from the USA and France. The diverse background of their membership brings expertise, experience and knowledge to every challenge encountered.
Since its partnership in 1998, HCEA Canada and the Simcoe County Museum have completed many successful educational exhibits and annual expositions. During this year’s Last Blast, in addition to machinery displays and demonstrations, visitors also have access to the Museum grounds, where they can enjoy the permanent displays, indoor vendor and display area, and the hands-on Meccano play area. A delicious BBQ lunch can also be purchased from one of our concession stands.
Event rates are Museum Members and preschoolers are admitted free, adults $6, student and seniors $5, and children $4. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at museum.simcoe.ca or call 705.728.3721.
Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at museum.simcoe.ca for further details.

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