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ARCHBOLD, OH -- Families from throughout the region will be celebrating "Spring on the Farm" on Saturday, May 9 at Sauder Village. The first in the series of farm days, Spring on the Farm offers families the opportunity to try hands-on activities, watch unique demonstrations, enjoy stories and special music to experience life on an Ohio farm more than 100 years ago.

"With fun activities like making butter, shelling beans, gathering eggs and meeting baby animals, Spring on the Farm continues to be one of our most popular events for families to enjoy," shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations. "Our Farm Day series is a wonderful opportunity for families to experience how life on the farm changes with the seasons. We encourage families to join us this spring and then come back for Summer on the Farm on July 11, Fall on the Farm on October 10 and the new Preparing the Farm for Winter event on October 24."

During Spring on the Farm guests can watch sheep shearing demonstrations and there will be new baby animals to visit in the barns. In the historic homes guests can wash dandelion greens, churn butter, grate horseradish, make noodles and wash clothes. Guests can help with spring cleaning in the homes by washing windows, beating rugs and hanging clothes on the line to dry. Other hands-on activities include shelling beans, making rope, cleaning gourds, collecting sunflower seeds and playing old-fashioned games. Throughout the day there will be soap making demonstrations and costumed guides will be preparing squash soup, breads and other historic recipes in the homes.

Performances by special guest Bob Ford are also a traditional part of this family event. A folk musician from Cedarville, Ohio, Bob Ford has been a recognized performer in the Historic Village for many years. Bob brings history to life through songs and stories. Weather permitting he will perform at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

"We are always pleased to welcome Bob Ford back to Sauder Village," Krieger added. "Bob's folk-song performances always bring smiles and laughter from the crowd."

A special book signing will also take place as part of the Spring on the Farm event. Local author Keri Aeschliman will be signing her novel In Paths of Righteousness from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Welcome Center lobby.

Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. And again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season!

For more information about Spring on the Farm or other events planned for the 2015 season at Sauder Village, call 800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Plan to experience life on the farm on Saturday, May 9 at Sauder Village. Celebrate "Spring on the Farm" and make your own special memories at Sauder Village.

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