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Farm Day returns with new additions

With a brand spanking new kitchen, a rustic cabin filled with fascinating items from days of yore, and an exhilarating trail ride, Old Time Farm Day brings new attractions to visitors this year. The event arrives at the Butler County Old Time Farm Day site this Saturday and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers have been working overtime to get prepared for the big day, said Christy Turner, publicity chair for OTFD.

“It’s been a lot of work, but we have our wonderful new kitchen completed and ready for the weekend,” Turner said.

“We’ll offer our visitors hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers coffee, sweet tea, soft drinks, sweet treats and more, and we’ll have extra serving windows to keep the wait shorter.”

Another addition to OTFD for 2008 is a fully furnished pioneer cabin visitors can tour.

“We’re excited about this. The old cabin has a wood stove, oil lamps, furnishings and other items so it looks just like a farm home of long ago,” Turner said.

Also new this is the OTFD Trail Ride.

Riders who want to be part of the trail ride can bring their horses in trailers and sign up at the front booth, Turner said.

The ride will begin at noon.

According to Turner, local Boy Scouts will participate in the opening ceremonies Saturday morning and also be on hand to assist guests who wish to ride in the horse and mule-drawn wagons and buggies.

Local gospel artist Blu Braden is on tap to perform.

“Blu also wants anyone who would like to come and sing or pick on their guitar to plan to come and be a part of the day,” Turner said.

David Norrell will return as event emcee, along with lots of folks demonstrating old-time farm ways, from milking a cow, mule plowing and blacksmithing to quilting, cross cut sawing and syrup making.

An array of arts and crafts will also be offered.

“We will have all the old favorite children’s activities like the pedal tractor race and boot race, too,” Turner said.

As always, plenty of vintage tractors, pickups and other farm implements will be on show.

“We believe this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, so bring your lawn chairs, cameras and appetites, and come out and spend the day with us Saturday,” Turner said.

OTFD admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, with free admission for children under six.

Directions to Old Time Farm Day: From Highway 10 West, turn left on County Road 25 (Sandcutt Road) and drive three miles.

The Old Time Farm Day Site in on the left.