Schedule of Events
Demonstrations are normally done in the order listed below, however some may be demonstrated sooner than others based on time. To make sure you don't miss any of the action, follow us around the farm as we move from one event to the next.
Opening Ceremonies - At 10:00 Master of Ceremonies Freddie Wood welcomes all guests to Old Farmer's Day and conducts the Dedication Ceremony. Following the dedication the Wagon Train makes its entrance. During the Wagon Train, all trailriders who come to Old Farmer's Day will line up and make a grand entrance showing off their wagons and beautiful horses.
Hog Butchering - To kick off the day the first demonstration is the live hog butchering. Here, guests will witness the entire process of killing, skinning, and preparing a hog for smoking.
Fieldwork with Horses - Throughout the years, Old Farmer's Day has been collecting farm equipment used in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. Many of these implements are still used in present day Amish communities in the Northern United States. Some of the demonstrations include discing, plowing, sulky plowing, fertilizing, seed spreading, road grading, and hay cutting, raking, and baling.
Sheep Shearing - During this demonstration guests will witness a practice far beyond its years of practicality. Unlike common day practices where electric clippers are used, guests will see how to shear a sheep with hand held clipping shears.
Split Rail Fence Building - With nothing but some busting mauls and a few wedges, workers will show how much time and effort went into making even the smallest of fences.
Using "Horse Power" Machines - A term used comically amongst the common day farmers, "Horse Power" refers to using a single horse to operate certain machinery. During these demonstrations guests will get to see a wood saw mill and two different types of corn grinders.
Sugar Cane Grinding - A continuance of using "Horse Power", the sugar cane grinder is a very slow process which requires plenty of daylight to make any headway in the days work. As the horse moves, the gears pull the sugar cane through the grinder squeazing the juice from within the stalks and allowing it to flow out the spout. From there the farmer is able to collect the juice into a large container where it is cooked down to make syrup. This is definitely a demonstration you don't want to miss....especially if you want a little taste!
Log Loading - You may wonder how large trees were loaded onto a trailer and transported down the highway in the years before tractors and 18 wheelers. During this demonstration you will see this process as it was done with horses and a few chains.
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Live Band Saturday Night
Free to all campers with a weekend bracelet.
$15 per person for non-campers.