Wood County to relive Heritage Days PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:11
File photo. Kids take part in Heritage Day events. (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
Residents are again being offered the chance to slow down the pace and remember life the way it used to be as part of the annual Wood County Heritage Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Wood County Historical Center.
The event will feature a tractor show, historic demonstrations, farm animals, live music and kids' activities.
"We lead such busy lives, it is nice to step back and see these processes and have the hands-on experience," said Kelli Kling, marketing and events coordinator for the Historical Center.
"This is definitely a family event and it's that tie into our history and how we do things today," Kling said.
To kick-off the weekend, the Power of Yesteryear Club will hold a tractor ride at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The 18-mile loop will begin and end at the historical center.
Farm equipment and tractor shows will take place all weekend including restored and non-restored gas engines, steel-wheeled tractors and planting equipment.
There will also be farm demonstrations of corn shelling and milling, corn grinding and planting as well as the grain drill and baker fan cross cut saw.
Historic demonstrations include: oil derrick, blacksmithing, quilting, rope making, spinning, chair caning, soap making, flint knapping, heddle looming, butter and ice cream churning, candle dipping and crocheting.
Several of the demonstrations allow participants to take home their creations.
"We live in a society where if something breaks, we buy a new one," Kling said.
The historical demonstrations, like chair caning, offer the opportunity to see how people fixed household items instead of buying new.
"The candle-dipping is always fun. The kids love it. It's so simple, but so much fun," she said.
The same holds true for butter churning.
"People are always amazed and want to know the recipe. And they are always surprised when we tell them it is one ingredient and some elbow grease," Kling said.
Live animals from Ro-Jo Dairy and Clucks-n-Ducks, a working train display, food and drink, as well as adult tractor games and a kiddie pedal pull are slated for this weekend. The kiddie pedal pull is at 2 p.m. on  Saturday and Sunday. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
Live music will also be featured throughout the weekend including Celtic ensembles, dulcimers, bluegrass and an a cappella group.
"It adds to the ambiance of the event. Sometimes they play old instruments and will explain how it is used and how the sounds are made," Kling said.
For more information, visit www.woodcountyhistory.org.

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