Old Time Farm Day set for Saturday

Published 4:45 pm Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sawmills, peanut picking and corn chucking is here again as Old Time Farm Day takes place Saturday.

Starting in 2005, Old Time Farm Day has given the community an opportunity to learn about the farm and old practices from a farm.

“Our purpose is to educate children about old farming ways, and the older people like to come and reminisce,” secretary of Old Time Farm, Dian Ponder, said. “There was a group of people who got together a few years ago and thought this was a great idea. It’s growing bigger and better every year.”

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Throughout the day, the community will have an opportunity to see old tractors, vintage equipment, farm animals, mule and tractor plowing, peanut picking, a cane mill, syrup making, quilting, butter churning, cake walks, a blacksmith, games, a pedal tractor race, a boot race, cotton picking, corn shucking and much more.

“It’s comparable to anything else to do,” Ponder said. “It’s very reasonable with the economy the way it is. We are a not-for profit organization, but funds got back into the community every year, and we ask that the community support us, and bring their families and have a good time.”

There will be several vendors there to sell items including items that are handmade. Some of these items include birdhouses, Alabama and Auburn items, jewelry, necklaces, knives and much more. The event will include vendors from Georgia and Florida as well.

On Friday, the event will be open for children in school and it costs $1 per child.

“It’s like a field trip,” Ponder said. “They will bring a sack lunch. Everything is running except no vendors. Most of the stuff is there because they come and set up on Thursday but there are no vendors so there is nothing for children to spend money on that day.”

Regular admission on Saturday is $3 for adults, $2 for school-aged children and free for children six and under.

“We’re giving out prizes this year more toward the children,” Ponder said. “We normally have lots of door prizes, but the prizes are going to be for the different children events.”

The location of the Old Time Farm day is 2828 Sand Cut Road and it will be going on from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. that day.

“Butler County has a very talented group of people that live around here,” Ponder said. “I’ve just been blown away at some of the talent. You just don’t think of a little country community having all this talent.”