Families from throughout the region will be celebrating “Spring on the Farm” on Saturday, May 13 at Sauder Village. The first in the series of farm days, Spring on the Farm offers families the opportunity to try hands-on activities, watch unique demonstrations, enjoy stories and special music to experience the daily lives of our pioneer ancestors.
“New this year we are offering a variety of activities with a homespun fun theme,” shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations. “We’ll be shearing the sheep and encouraging guests to help turn wool into workable yarn by skirting, carding and spinning. There will also be opportunities to try weaving, knitting and crocheting and watch natural wool dying demonstrations.
In addition to the homespun fun activities guests can also enjoy many other hands-on activities throughout the Village. At the historic homes guests can wash dandelion greens, churn butter, grate horseradish and help with crop planting. Children can try using a push lawn mower at the 1920s Grime Homestead and then enjoy a game of croquet or marbles. Other fun activities include dog herding demonstrations, paracord bracelet making, and a building activity with wooden planks at Tiffin River Woodworks. At Little Pioneers Homestead guests can help plant the “sunflower house” and will have a chance to meet Mother Goose!
Performances by special guest Bob Ford are also 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 toe-tapping songs and stories. Weather permitting he will perform at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Historic Village.
“We are always pleased to welcome Bob Ford back to Sauder Village,” Krieger added. “Bob’s folk-song performances always bring smiles and laughter from the crowd.”
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 $17.00 for adults and $11.00 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! Other special events planned yet this Spring include a Mother’s Day celebration on May 14 with free admission for all Moms, the annual Antique Car Gathering on Saturday, May 20 and special hours/activities for the Memorial Day Weekend!
For more information about Spring on the Farm or other events planned for the 2017 season at Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Make your own special memories while celebrating “Spring on the Farm” on May 13 at Sauder Village.