Archbold, OH – Take time to celebrate the rich agricultural history and rural heritage of Northwest Ohio during the Dairy Days and Tractor Event at Sauder Village.
Guests of all ages are invited to enjoy life on the farm during Dairy Days from June 11-16 and the Tractors, Tractors, Tractors event on Saturday, June 15.
June is National Dairy Month – a time to celebrate America’s great bounty of dairy products, the important role these products play in our diet and the dairy farmers who help bring them to our table. From Tuesday, June 11 through Sunday, June 16, Sauder Village will host Dairy Days to help celebrate this national event.
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“During our Dairy Days event there will be many dairy themed activities to help guests learn more about the role dairy plays in our lives today and in the lives of the early pioneers,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations Specialist. “We will be making biscuits, butter, ice-cream, cheese and even have cows and calves for our guests to meet!”
June Dairy Month was started in 1939 and since that time the annual celebration has blossomed into a national affair. Originally a way for retailers to promote their dairy products, Dairy Month has now become a true celebration of all things dairy. Today National Dairy Month draws attention to the value of milk and dairy products as part of a well-balanced diet as well as the importance of milk production to the agriculture industry.
While activities and demonstrations will vary from day-to-day, costumed guides will be preparing dairy-related recipes throughout the week and there will be historic recipes for guests to pick up and try at home. Some of the dairy-related historic cooking demonstrations planned include making cheese, cream dressing and buttermilk pie. Guests will be able to try their hand at churning butter and making biscuits. In the Homestead area guests can help hand-crank and taste the ice cream and watch cream separating demonstrations.
Throughout the week guests will also have a chance to visit the cows and new baby calves in the barnyard areas. There will be many dairy recipes and information about dairy nutrition and life on a modern dairy farm for guests to pick-up.
At Little Pioneers Homestead guests of all ages will want to try their hand at milking the fiberglass cow. This full-size Holstein cow provides a way for guests to safely try milking a cow. It continues to be a favorite activity at Little Pioneers Homestead.
A visit to Sauder Village would not be complete without a dairy treat from the old-time Ice Cream Parlor in the Historic Village. Be sure to stop by for a single or double dip cone or a tasty sundae all featuring Homestead Ice Cream – made locally in Archbold, Ohio!
On Saturday, June 15 the “Tractors, Tractors, Tractors” event will combine with Dairy Days for an even more in-depth agricultural experience. This tractor-themed event will focus on the machines that make farming possible. There will be modern farming equipment on display from Liechty Farm Equipment and Archbold Equipment. Guests will have an opportunity to get an up-close look at farming equipment of today.
Again this year nearly 40 antique tractors will be on display in the Historic Village. The historic tractors are from the 1930s to the 1960s and some participants will even be doing demonstrations throughout the day. There will also be a Pedal Tractor Pull for children to enjoy thanks to the Tinora Young Farmers and the Archbold FFA.
Other upcoming Sauder Village events include Focus on Fiber Arts June 22 and an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July event July 4 featuring a U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony at 11:00 a.m.
The Sauder Village mission is to provide guests with experiences rich in history, hospitality, creativity, and fun. Since opening in 1976, Sauder Village has grown to a 235-acre complex with more than 450 employees and 400 adult and 200 youth volunteers. As Ohio’s largest living history destination, Sauder Village includes the award winning Historic Village, the 98-room Sauder Heritage Inn, a 48-site campground, the 350-seat Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery, and banquet seating for 750 in Founders Hall. The Historic Village preserves more than 75 historic structures and nearly 50,000 artifacts where history is brought to life through stories, demonstrations, and programs. Proceeds from the retail and hospitality areas, along with admissions, memberships, and donations, contribute to the financial support for this 501(c)(3) organization.
Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through 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. Admission is $15.00 for adults and $8.00 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 concert! For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage