Our very rural county does not have a county fair. We barely have a supermarket. Very little excitement happens here (unless you count the various animal escapes or occasional tornadoes and forest fires). However, the first Saturday of every October we have our county fair equivalent: Old Farm Day.
The basic idea is a showcasing of livestock and antique farm equipment from local farms. But that’s not all. There’s the local orchard making open kettle apple butter all day. Pulled pork barbeque and kettle corn. Square dancing and bluegrass. Draft horse plowing demonstrations, animal sound contests, beekeepers with honey and mechanical bull riding. And tractors on display. Lots and lots of old tractors.
This year we met up with Zac and Caroline for their first Old Farm Day. They seemed to enjoy it as much as we do.
I will say that there seemed to be less animals this year, and there was no one doing any spinning or basket weaving demonstrations. Otherwise it was quite lovely, and I would have stayed until the bitter end had we not had things to do back home, and small children hanging off us and asking to buy everything in sight.
LOVE this old chicken coop!
11 Ton steam engine built in 1921 to power plows or mill machinery.
The location is beautiful – it’s one of the oldest former plantations in the county.
Waiting for the kids’ “Tater Hunt” to begin.
“How can we get this thing home without anyone noticing???”
Neve & Oona’s “Tater” haul. You get to keep what your kid grabs out of the ground!
That’s a “Large” size kettle corn. Paul might have bought an extra – large, had they offered it.
Oona and Neve each lasted (barely) 10 seconds on the mechanical bull this year.
We left happy and satisfied with our Old Farm Day experience, and look forward to next year!
PS – plan your 2012 Juniper Moon Farm Farm-Stay experience accordingly!