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Tuesday, April 23, 2013                      


Pink, Is The Love You Discover

Atchelitz Threshermen's Village takes on the battle with breast cancer

Staff/Voice photos


Ron Finnigan shows off the pink tractor at Atchelitz Village last week.


on Finnigan's new favourite colour is pink, and he’s even talking about breast cancer and just when you thought Atchelitz Threshermens Association Museum had every kind of vehicle imaginable, along comes a pink tractor.


Finnigan, a retired school district worker, is the Booking Manager for the museum, and he says Board Director Richard Laferre decided one day not long ago, that he wanted to do something to increase awareness about breast cancer and paint their cherished 1952 Ferguson pink.


The tractor was gifted to the museum by a retired bus driver and wasn’t in operating condition when it arrived. So, the skilled hands at the museum got to work on it and soon had it up and running.


“It’s to bring awareness about bullying and also in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF),” he says.


Finnigan leans up against the old tractor, relaxed in his grease-stained overalls. His face beams with pride as he talks about the old tractor.



“This is a Ferguson, it’s not a Massey-Ferguson, it’s the original, and we also have a ’47.”


There’s also a matching pink trailer that he says will be used to take the tractor to events like the Yarrow parade where it’ll be transformed into a float. They also plan to take it to and Show & Shines throughout the Valley. Any monetary donations will be going to the CBCF.


Finnigan says Atchelitz isn’t publicly funded, so they rely on shows and rentals to sustain the museum.


“We have to raise our own money, so by being out there, that's how we get our funds,” he says adding that in the past couples have tied the knot on the grounds.


“You can rent this facility and set up your barbecues for a family reunion or whatever.”



Even though Finnigan is very supportive of the initiative, he admits that he won’t be wearing pink anytime soon.


“I worked around schools for over 30 years, you get used to it (pink). If you want to wear pink, go ahead, but not me.”


This Victoria Day long weekend, the Village will be host to the Small Engine Show on Saturday and Sunday featuring operating displays, rides for the kids, a threshing demonstration (weather permitting) and a flea market. The popular Granma’s Grill concession will be open both days from 9 am.



Tour this volunteer-run museum for an awesome trip back in time. Examine a steamship engine, a large classic car collection and heritage village. Open by appointment.


The Village is open year-round from 10 am to 3 pm Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. It’s located at 44140 Luckakuck Way next to Heritage Park.


To book the facility, contact Ron via e-mail here or call 604-858-2119. To learn more about Atchelitz, visit www.atcheltz.com


Watch a fun music video about a pink tractor on YouTube here.


This year, the CIBC Run for the Cure is October 6 2013. See more here.


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