Archbold, OH – Families from throughout the region will be gathering at Sauder Village on Saturday, July 12 to experience life on an Ohio farm more than 100 years ago. With festive fiddle music and great hands-on activities like making rope, grinding sorghum, churning butter and an old-fashioned spell down – Summer on the Farm/Fiddle Contest continues to be a favorite summer event at Sauder Village!
“Summer on the Farm is a great day for families to create special memories together at Sauder Village,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations specialist. “As guests get involved with traditional summer activities on the farm they will gain a better understanding of how our ancestors lived while having a lot of fun at the same time!”
Throughout the day, a number of unique activities will be offered to allow guests to experience life in the past on an Ohio farm. Hands-on activities include rope making, washing clothes, working in the gardens, making butter and grating soap. At Natives and Newcomers guests will have an opportunity to make cordage. Guests can also help stuff a straw tick, make hand-cranked ice-cream, separate cream, play old-fashioned games and watch a soap making demonstration. Other traditional farm activities include shelling dried beans, grinding sorghum with a mortar and pestle, rolling out buttermilk biscuits and a special tour to meet the barnyard animals. An old-fashioned spell down will be held in the District 16 School and all ages are encouraged to participate. Weather permitting the sawmill will also be in operation.
Another highlight of this fun-filled day is the annual Fiddle Contest. The Fossil Creek Band of Lambertville, Michigan will get things going at 12:30 p.m. The Fiddle Contest will begin at 1:00 with fiddlers from throughout the region gathering in Founder’s Hall to compete in one of three categories – student, open and senior. Each contestant will have five minutes to perform a hoedown and a waltz using old time style and techniques. Judging will be based on a point scale in the areas of fiddle style and technique, rhythm and timing, difficulty of selection, tone quality, and showmanship and crowd appeal. Fiddlers will also perform on the Village Green from 10:00 – 11:30 and again after the Fiddle Contest.
The Sauder Village mission is to provide guests with experiences rich in history, hospitality, creativity, and fun. Since opening in 1976, Sauder Village has grown to a 235-acre complex with more than 450 employees and 400 adult and 200 youth volunteers. As Ohio’s largest living history destination, Sauder Village includes the award winning Historic Village, the 98-room Sauder Heritage Inn, a 48-site campground, the 350-seat Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery, and banquet seating for 750 in Founders Hall. The Historic Village preserves more than 75 historic structures and nearly 50,000 artifacts where history is brought to life through stories, demonstrations, and programs. Proceeds from the retail and hospitality areas, along with admissions, memberships, and donations, contribute to the financial support for this 501(c)(3) organization.
Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through 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 $16.00 for adults and $10.00 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. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. And again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season! For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage