Farm Days offer trip back in time

Published 2:28 pm Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Old Time Farm Days will be held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. The event will feature a number of demonstrations, including plowing using horses and mules.

Come Saturday, the sound of a blacksmith’s hammer clanking against his anvil will join the sounds of a mule braying as it plows a field and the rumbling of an antique tractor.

These are the sounds of Old Time Farm Days.

The event is held each year as a means of preserving Butler County’s agricultural heritage.

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Old Time Farm Days members work throughout the year to plan and organize activities and demonstrations that provide a glimpse into life on the farm – the way it used to be.

Old Time Farm Days got its start in 2005 when retired educator Carey Thompson hatched the idea to show a younger generation how things used to be done on the farm.

He enlisted the help of Bill Campbell, who had done horse-plowing demonstrations with antique equipment, and others and just like that the first Old Time Farm Days was born.

It was held in June of 2005 at James W. McClure Farm on Halso Mill Road. It was so popular, a second Old Time Farm Days was held in October of 2005.

It’s been an annual event ever sense.

The event features live demonstrations of farm life from days gone by including blacksmithing, cane syrup making, butter churning, quilting, basket weaving, cow milking and much more.

There’s also a gristmill, sawmill and one-room farmhouse on the property.

This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2828 Sandcutt Rd. in Greenville.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for school-age children and free for children six and under.

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