Full steam ahead at Ridgefield fair

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photoVolunteer David Boyce, 14, of Aurora, Ore., runs a 1913 Russell Steam Traction Engine during the fair.

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photoRalph Parker, 73, center, runs a steam drag saw that once operated at a mill in Carson during the Rural Heritage Fair on Sunday in Ridgefield.

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The 17th annual Rural Heritage Fair at the Schurman Iron Ranch is in the books, and the weekend event drew an estimated 2,000 visitors.

The fair is sponsored by the Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Association, which Alan Schurman founded in 1982.

Schurman is a retired machinist with eight buildings of artifacts on his 36 acres at 23100 N.E. 10th Ave.

The fair included displays of small engines, tractors pulls, blacksmithing demonstrations by Ridgefield’s Don Kemper and others, a broom-making display, and tours of Schurman’s museum, which houses old toys, an antique kitchen display, cars, bicycles and antique equipment.

Guests came from as far as Montana, Schurman said.

Schurman said the 18th annual fair will be the third weekend of July 2012.