Celebrate “Spring On The Farm” At Historic Sauder Village

Archbold, OH – With baby animals, festive music, and many hands-on experiences – Spring on the Farm continues to be a favorite event for families to enjoy together! On Saturday, May 11 guests will be washing windows, making rope, planting beets and churning butter to celebrate Spring at Sauder Village!

“Spring on the Farm is the first in our series of “farm days” at Sauder Village,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations. “These fun-filled events offer families the opportunity to watch demonstrations, hear stories and try unique activities to experience life on an Ohio farm more than 100 years ago. We encourage families to come back for Summer on the Farm on July 6 and Fall on the Farm on October 12 to see how life on the farm changes with the season.”

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Performances by special guest Bob Ford are a traditional part of this family event. A folk musician from Cedarville, Ohio, Bob Ford has been a recognized performer in the Historic Village for many years. Bob brings history to life through songs and stories. Weather permitting he will perform at on the Village Green at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00. Guests staying at the Inn or Campground on Saturday evening can enjoy an encore performance as Bob performs at 7:30 p.m.

“Bob Ford is a favorite performer at Sauder Village,” Krieger added. “His relaxed, folk-song performances always bring smiles and laughter from the crowd.”

In the barnyard area, guests can watch sheep shearing demonstrations and there will be new baby animals to visit in the historic barns. Weather permitting there will be historic farming demonstrations including planting corn and oats with the horses. The sawmill will also be operating on this special day.

At Natives and Newcomers visitors will smell the smoke of the cooking fires as they step inside the wigwams and Trading Post to hear the stories of the Native Americans and guests can try making cordage. At Pioneer Settlement guests can help make rope, make homemade noodles, grate horseradish and churn butter. Costumed guides will be using the outdoor bake oven near the Witmer-Roth home and at the Stuckey farmhouse guests can try rug hooking and sample violet jelly. At the 1910 Homestead there will be soap making demonstrations, old-fashioned games, rug beating, and cooking demonstrations. The old-fashioned spelldown in the District 16 School is another favorite activity for youth to enjoy.

Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4:00 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. And again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season! Senior, AAA and Military discounts are also available.

For more information about Spring on the Farm or other events planned for the 2013 season at Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage. Plan to experience life on the farm and make your own special memories on Saturday, May 11 during “Spring on the Farm” at Sauder Village.

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