Spring on the Farm

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Here's a fun daytrip idea: The first Farm Day of the 2015 season is taking place this Saturday, May 9 at Sauder Village in northwest Ohio. 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 life on an Ohio farm more than 100 years ago.

During Spring on the Farm guests can watch sheep shearing demonstrations and there will be new baby animals to visit in the barns. In the historic homes, guests can wash dandelion greens, churn butter, grate horseradish, make noodles and wash clothes. Guests can help with spring cleaning in the homes by washing windows, beating rugs and hanging clothes on the line to dry. Other hands-on activities include shelling beans, making rope, cleaning gourds, collecting sunflower seeds and playing old-fashioned games. Throughout the day, there will be musical performances, soap making demonstrations and costumed guides will be preparing squash soup, breads and other historic recipes in the homes.

Historic Sauder Village is located at 22611 State Route 2, Archbold 43502, which is about 50 miles west of Toledo and 165 miles northwest of Columbus. The Village is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and each Sunday from 12 noon-4 p.m. The Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family. And children 16 and under are free every Sunday.

For more information about Spring on the Farm or other events planned for the 2015 season at Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.