Fiber Arts Fest & Train Event Coming To Sauder Village


Archbold, OH – If you are interested in fiber arts, model trains or antique tractors, the first weekend in October is the time to be at Sauder Village. With a Fiber Arts Fest, “All Aboard” Train Event and the Great Planting Northwest Ohio all taking place – there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy September 30 thru October 2 at Sauder Village!

Again this year artisans from throughout the region will be gathering at Founder’s Hall for the annual Fiber Arts Fest on Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2.

Guests will be able to watch spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, tatting, and flax demonstrations. There will be fiber exhibits, looms and spinning wheels on display, hands-on activities and dyeing demonstrations. Select vendors will be selling handmade items and fiber arts supplies. Fiber arts classes are also scheduled on Friday and Saturday to offer guests an opportunity to learn new techniques, expand their creativity and connect with fellow fiber arts enthusiasts. Scheduled workshops include Beginning Spindle Spinning, Tapestry Weaving, Spinning for Lace and many others. A special exhibit of Coverlets & Home Textiles will also be a highlight of the 2016 Fiber Arts Fest. This exhibit will feature items from Melinda Zongor’s personal collection of home textiles. Melinda is the Director/Curator of The National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, Pennsylvannia. Ms. Zongor will also present a free lecture on Saturday at 2 p.m. For event information or workshop registration details visit

The annual “All Aboard” Train event will also take place on October 1 and 2 in the Historic Village. Again this year, the Swanton Area Railroad and Model Club and other train collectors will have a variety of model trains and garden-scale train displays set-up in the Museum Building. Guests of all ages will enjoy looking at these detailed displays, visiting with the train club members and watching the trains travel around the tracks. Throughout the weekend guests can also register for a chance to be a “guest conductor” on the Erie Express train, enjoy a train-themed story and craft activity and play at the “Thomas the Train” play table at Little Pioneers Homestead.
Also planned for this weekend (Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1), is a new event – “The Great Planting Northwest Ohio”. During this two-day event at Sauder Village, Massey Collectors will gather with their antique tractors and farm implements to help plow, disc and plant winter wheat on 100 acres of farmland around Sauder Village. Massey collectors and other antique tractor lovers from throughout the Midwest are expected to participate and watch this amazing farming demonstration of days-gone-by. Nearly 100 antique tractors and farm implements are expected to be used during this two-day event. There will also be antique tractors on display, a tractor give-away, and a Friday evening banquet (pre-registration required). Collectors of Wallis, Massey Harris, Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractors are all invited to participate in “The Great Planting Northwest Ohio,” but pre-registration is required. Call Gary Sager to register at 309-238-8698.

For one admission fee guests can enjoy the many activities and events taking place in the Historic Village and take time to watch the antique tractors at work as well! 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 (even for the special events)! Note – while there will be no admission fee charged to view the planting in the fields on Friday and Saturday, guests are encouraged to make this a one or two day get-away to enjoy the old-time planting demonstrations and also take time to experience Ohio’s historic past at Ohio’s largest living-history village (fee charged for admission to the Historic Village).

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. For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


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