Contact: Ann Lindblad:
508-347-0323; 508-886-2689 cell
alindblad [at] osv [dot] org; www.osv.org
Old-Fashioned Agricultural Exhibition at Old Sturbridge Village Sept. 15-16
Cider-making; plowing, cow milking demonstrations; Home Gardening Exhibit
(Sturbridge, Mass.) Sept. 4, 2012 – Old Sturbridge Village celebrates the coming of fall with an old-fashioned Agricultural Exhibition celebrating heirloom vegetables, and historical farming techniques Saturday and Sunday Sept. 15-16. Visitors can try their hands at plowing behind the Village oxen, watch a plowing match and oxen trials, 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 horse-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, and a Farmer's Market featuring locally-grown produce will be open at the museum entrance on Sunday, Sept. 16. Call 800-SEE-1830 for times and details; to watch an Agricultural Exhibition video visit www.osv.org.
Heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers in more than 50 classes will be exhibited and judged in the style of old-fashioned agricultural fairs. Both Village- and visitor-grown entries will be exhibited. On Saturday, judges will explain how they choose winners and on Sunday, participants will share tips for successfully cultivating heirloom vegetables and other plants. Gardening expert Paul Rogers will be one of the exhibition judges. More information is available online at 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. Woo Card subscribers get $5 off adult daytime admission; college Woo cardholders receive $12 off adult daytime admission. For times and details of all OSV activities visit: www.osv.org or call 1-800-SEE-1830.