From egg candling, carding wool, and milking a goat to making butter, meeting farm animals and learning about antique tractors — each day of this week-long event will have different farm-themed demonstrations, special programs and hands-on activities.
“Sharing this region’s agricultural heritage in authentic ways is vital to our educational efforts,” said Kim Krieger. “We also want our guests to learn more about modern methods and how agriculture impacts every area of our lives today. This special event will be a great opportunity for people to learn so much about poultry, goats, horses, pigs, crops and dairy through historical farming and cooking demonstrations, exhibits about modern agriculture and fun hands-on experiences.”
Each day of this week is devoted to a different theme and will feature visits from regional agricultural organizations and other special guests. Themed days include poultry on Tuesday and goats and sheep on Wednesday. Thursday is pork and soy day at the village and the focus on Friday will be horses and hay.
From making soybean necklaces, horse grooming, egg gathering and meet the farm animal programs to story-time, scavenger hunts and themed cooking demonstrations in the historic homes — every day will be filled with lots of great information. There will be duck herding dogs, egg candling, roping demonstrations, and a hog calling contest. Guests will have an opportunity to meet modern-day farmers, a farrier, and agriculture representatives from Nester Ag, Soy Ohio, local agriculture royalty, 4-H clubs and more! Thanks to the Ohio Farm Bureau, the popular combine simulator will also be at the Village again this year — offering guests a hands-on look at harvesting.
Many activities are planned on Saturday, June 15 for the dairy day of this event and the popular Tractors, Tractors, Tractors event. There will be cow milking, cream separating and butter making demonstrations. Guests can help make hand-cranked ice-cream and watch many dairy-themed cooking activities. Guests will also get an up-close look at both historic and modern farming equipment. Again this year more than 80 antique tractors will be on display. The historic tractors are from the 1930s to the 1960s. There will also be a Pedal Tractor obstacle course for children to enjoy.
The final day of this event is Sunday, June 16 with “Meet the Animals” programs scheduled throughout the afternoon as well as goat and cow milking demonstrations, story time and kiddie horse races. Sunday, June 16 is also Father’s Day – with free admission to Sauder Village for all dads. All children 16 and under also receive free admission on Sunday.
Historic Sauder Village is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.