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Albany Area Lifestyle Briefs - Nov. 13, 2013

Demonstrations of fall farm events continues Saturday and Nov. 23.

Cane grinding and syrup making demonstrations will be presented at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Nov. 16 and 23. (Special Photo)

Cane grinding and syrup making demonstrations will be presented at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Nov. 16 and 23. (Special Photo)

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ABAC students recently built a “pumpkin chunker,” and delighted onlookers with high-flying pumpkins. (Special Photo)

Cane grinding, syrup making to be featured at museum

TIFTON — The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host its cane grinding and syrup making demonstrations Nov. 16 and 23.

Visitors can also enjoy wool washing, carding and dying at the Clark Cabin throughout the day. Cornmeal pancakes with hot cane syrup can be sampled at the Gibbs House. Concessions at the Historic Village Drug Store will include soup and corn bread, hot dogs, ice cream, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

An extra added attraction on Nov. 23 will be Native American dance programs from GoNativeNow, and visitors can also take a ride on a steam train pulled by the 1917 Vulcan locomotive.

Admission to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village on Tuesday thorugh Friday is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (age 55 and over), $4 for children 5 through 16 years of age, and free for children 4 and under. Saturday admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 55 and over), $5 for children 5 through 16 years of age, and free for children 4 and under. The Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

For more information on these and other upcoming events, interested persons can contact the Museum staff at (229) 391-5205 or visit the Museum’s website at www.abac.edu/museum.

ABAC students build a pumpkin chunker

TIFTON —Students working at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College this fall tackled a unique project which hurls pumpkins hundreds of feet through the air.

The Pumpkin Chunker, commonly called an oversized slingshot, is formally known as a counterweight trebuchet.

The idea for the Chunker was originally proposed to the GMA staff in 2011 by Friends of the Museum board member Charlotte Bedell. Students participating in the project were Chris Mullis, Nathan Dupree, Medford McDonald, Brandon Douberly, Kody Plemmans, Chad Warrick, Josh Bennett and Chandler Bartley. Mullis served as the lead builder/engineer for the project.

The students involved in building the Pumpkin Chunker also served as its operators. The massive catapult, armed with a 1,000 pound counterweight, was able to fire a pumpkin over 120 yards into Agrirama Lake.

Steve Pair of Fitzgerald donated the beautiful hickory timbers that he personally milled for the project. He also served as a technical adviser during the build.

“I am extremely proud of this talented group of ABAC students,” said Garrett Boone, assistant director of the GMA. “We are fortunate to have them working at the Museum. This project was not an easy one, but they tackled it with enthusiasm and showed a tremendous amount of skill in a variety of different areas in order to surmount the hurdles encountered throughout the build and during its operation.”