Old-Fashioned Agricultural Exhibition at Old Sturbridge Village Sept. 13-14
Cider-making; plowing, cow milking demonstrations; Home Gardening Exhibit
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates the coming of fall with an old-fashioned Agricultural Exhibition highlighting heirloom vegetables and historical farming techniques Saturday and Sunday Sept. 13-14. Visitors can try their hands at plowing behind the Village oxen, learn to winnow and thresh grain, and shell corn the old-fashioned way all weekend long. Guests can also meet the Village’s heritage breed farm animals and see the ox-powered Cider Mill in action. Dairy demonstrations will include cow-milking, butter churning, cheese-making, and ice cream making. Submissions of home-grown vegetables will be on display as part of a Home Gardening Exhibit. Details: www.osv.org; 800-SEE-1830.
The Village invites home gardeners to bring the best of their gardens to the Agricultural Fair and submit over 50 varieties of heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers to be judged using nineteenth-century criteria. Visitor-grown entries will be exhibited for the weekend in addition to a display of the variety of heirloom vegetables grown at Old Sturbridge Village. On Sunday, Village gardeners and home gardeners will share tips and tricks for successfully cultivating heirloom vegetables at home and discuss the unique challenges each garden season brings. For more information: www.osv.org.
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the largest living history museums in the country. The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. OSV offers free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17, $8; children 2 and under, free. For information: www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.