Restored farm village hosts festival May 4


ARCHBOLD, Ohio – “Spring on the Farm,” will be held May 4 at Historic Sauder Village, Archbold.

The living history museum will be filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of spring on farms of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Fleece to wool. One of the highlights of this day will be the chance to watch the process of turning wool into cloth. In the 1910 Farmyard, Matthew and Craig Kidwell of southern Michigan will clip the woolly coats from the sheep using hand shears.

This wool will then be taken into the red farm barn where spinners and weavers will demonstrate the many steps involved in taking the raw wool and turning it into cloth to make clothing and blankets.

Guests will be able to watch as the staff skirts and washes the fleece, picks and cards the wool, and then spins the wool into yarn.

In other areas, visitors of all ages will have their own chance to try carding wool, spinning with a drop spindle and weaving.

The Fireside Heritage Crafters from Michigan will be on hand to further demonstrate different activities related to wool, spinning and weaving.

Lots to do. Other hands-on activities include churning butter, building a fence, grating horseradish, planting seeds, washing windows, and playing old-fashioned games.

Food will be cooking on the stoves in the historic homes and guests can pick up historic recipes from the cooks.

Weather permitting, the horses and mules will be working the fields.

Village storyteller and folk singer Bob Ford from central Ohio will return Saturday for concerts at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. He will also be on hand Sunday, May 5, for the final day of the Quilt Fair, presenting concerts at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

The Historic Village opens to the public April 29, and then is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. through Oct. 28.

Admission is $9.50 for adults and $4.75 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family. For more information phone 800-590-9755.


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