On Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 the Owls Head Transportation Museum will host a celebration of horse-drawn transportation.

An auction of antique carriages, implements, sleighs, delivery wagons and buggies will commence on Saturday, with a day of working animal demonstrations and family fun on Sunday. Many of the examples to be sold in the auction are ready to use, while others are suitable for interior or exterior decorative use.

Items of interest to be sold in the auction on Saturday include antique wagons, buggies, sleighs and surreys in original condition. Many of the pieces date to the late 1800s and early 1900s, bearing original coachwork, upholstery and paint. The examples reflect a variety of uses and conditions.

Several colorfully painted delivery wagons are highlighted, including a fully enclosed red advertorial wagon bearing branding for Rothman’s Pall Mall cigarettes, a Brewster Roof Seat Break, a doctor’s buggy and a selection of sleighs in various styles and conditions. Miscellaneous pieces boast original wooden wheels, many of which are ornately painted.

There is also a selection of carts, including a charming, hand-painted Romani Pot Cart, a wicker pony cart, a Meadowbrook Cart and a Sidebar Runabout. Such pieces could serve as decorative objects or excellent restoration projects; others are ready for immediate use. Such is the diversity of the auction inventory.

An auction preview will be held Friday, June 7, beginning at 10 a.m.; on-site bidder registration will be open Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-site bidder registration will be available on auction day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The auction will begin at noon.

Bidder registration cost is $35 and includes admission for two to the auction, the Museum and related events. Boxed lunches for two, provided by French and Brawn Catering and Market Place, are including in the cost of registration. Admission to Sunday’s celebration of animal power and horse-drawn transportation is $12 for adults; as always, visitors under 18 will be admitted free of charge. Cash, personal checks, electronic funds transfers, credit cards and traveler’s checks will be accepted as methods of payment at the auction.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday and visitors can enjoy a host of animal-centric demonstrations, including a variety of working demonstrations with draft horses and oxen, driving and riding demonstrations showcasing various disciplines, and blacksmithing, as well as harness and saddlery demonstrations. Fun activities for the whole family will be on offer outdoors all day, and the museum will be open so visitors can peruse the collection and visit the Aircraft and Ground Vehicle Restoration workshops during the show.

For more information or to view auction inventory online please visit owlshead.org, or contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Curator and Education Director Ethan Yankura or Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418.