Fiddle contest

The annual Fiddle Contest is just one highlight of Sauder Village’s Summer on the Farm festivities set for Saturday. Courtesy photo

Plan a visit to Sauder Village on Saturday to navigate your way through some favorite children’s literature and try your hand at a variety of fun, farm experiences.

From cleaning grain and plucking goose feathers to playing games and participating in a bug scavenger hunt or a corn-on-the-cob eating contest, Summer on the Farm promises to be a wonderful day for families to create special memories at Sauder Village.

The second in the Farm Days series, Summer on the Farm offers families a unique opportunity to enjoy some favorite stories, try hands-on activities and watch unique demonstrations. At the barnyard areas children will enjoy books like “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” and “Little Red Hen” while typing a note to Farmer Ryan and helping clean grain. The barns will also be full of new baby animals and guests can watch cow and goat milking demonstrations.

At the Witmer Roth home, children can hear “Too Many Carrots” while helping to prepare carrot and beet soup and sample a variety of carrots. “The Wonky Donkey” will be shared near the Festival Barn and kids can play pin the tail on the donkey and meet a donkey named Jenny. At the Lauber Settlement the book “This is Me” will be read and children will help pack a wagon. “If You Plant A Seed” will be read at Little Pioneers Homestead and kids will make a kindness rock to take home. Other fun activities planned throughout the day include a bug scavenger hunt, tractor obstacle course and traditional summer games. At 2 p.m. guests of all ages can participate in a corn-on-the-cob eating contest near the 1928 Grime Homestead.

Another highlight Saturday is the annual Fiddle Contest. The Fiddle Contest will begin at 1 p.m. with fiddlers from throughout the region gathering to compete in one of three categories — student, open and senior. Each contestant will have five minutes to perform a hoedown and a waltz using old-time style and techniques. The Bridge County Bluegrass Band will also be sharing their talents throughout the day. Collectively, this group of talented Ohio musicians brings over a half century of music experience to the stage. Their performance is sure to be toe-tapping with the driving beat of traditional bluegrass, mournful songs and unforgettable instrumentals.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to share so many great books and unique farm adventures with children this year during our Summer on the Farm event,” said Kim Krieger, Sauder spokesperson. “We look forward to having families from throughout the region join us to make special memories on the farm.”

For more information about Summer on the Farm or other events planned for the 2019 season at Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755, visit, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow on Instagram and Twitter.

(Information courtesy of Sauder Village)

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