ZOAR, Ohio – The German village of Zoar will celebrate June Dairy Month with a demonstration of the 19th century methods of making butter and cheese during “Cows and Curds: Dairying in Zoar” June 16.
Dairying was big business in historic Zoar. A herd of over 100 dairy cattle were kept. The production of butter and cheese not only fed the 300 persons in this communal society, but the excess was sent on the Ohio and Erie Canal to be sold at places as far away as New York City.
During the 1-5 p.m. event, demonstrations will be given of butter and cheesemaking.
The Zoarites made a type of Swiss cheese, a process that will be demonstrated. Volunteers will also make homemade ice cream in a hand-cranked chum, which visitors can help operate.
Young visitors can participate in dairy-related games, including balancing a wooden bucket on their head, as young Zoar dairymaids once did.
Samples of local Goshen Dairy ice cream and Broad Run Dairy cheese will be handed out free to visitors. A milk cow is scheduled to be on hand so visitors can see how the process begins.
Samples of homemade lemon cheese, “cow tails” candy, and recipe booklets will be for sale. The Zoar Bakery will demonstrate hearth bread baking with free samples. The Kitchen will also demonstrate German kettle-oven cooking.
Admission is $5 for adults, and $1.25 for children 6-12. For those just interested in the dairy event, a special admission of $2.50 per adult and 65 cents per child will be charged.
For more information call Zoar Village at 1-800-874-4336 or 330-874-4336.