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The Oldtime Farming Festival Celebrates It's 27th Year
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The Oldtime Farming Festival returned to the Memorial Park in Centerburg for it's 27th year celebrating the history of agriculture and the heritage of central Ohio. The Festival tries to recreate some of the activities and work that was common in daily life through active demonstrations, pictures and art displays, handmade crafts, and farming techniques that were common in the first half of the 20th century. It is our goal to make a fun, interactive and educational atmosphere available to everyone that attends the Oldtime Farming Festival.
The weekend events get started each year with a parade down Main Street in Centerburg that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 15th. The Festival was from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm on Saturday and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on Sunday. There was a Church service at 9:00 am on Sunday. Various demonstrations and events were continuous throughout the weekend and some happened as time and manpower permitted.
Soup beans stirred over an open fire in a cast iron kettle and the continuous hard work that goes into preparing freshly squeezed apple cider by the cup or gallon was available.
The area farmers that set up their antique farm equipment and machinery in order to demonstrate the hard work that is needed to thresh grain for food and straw for bedding occured at the far end of the park throughout the weekend.
There were horse drawn wagon rides that would take you around the park to help give you a sense of the early pioneer travel throughout central Ohio and beyond. The Centerburg FFA provided a variety of farm animals to observe and pet. Sheep were an important source of fiber and income for Knox County at one time, and still is today, but many people raise Alpacas for this same purpose. Rich and Rose Marie Grondalski had a few of their Alpacas on display during the weekend. Pony rides were available in the park also.
Early settlers and the native Indians came to the Flint Ridge area in Licking County for the endless supply of flint that was used in making tools and weapons. Ed Mooreland has been keeping the tradition of shaping pieces of flint into arrow heads and other shapes for primitive tools.
Hand-forged iron items with a blacksmith furnace over coal and fire were demonstrated throughout the weekend and Jan Tiffany was pedaling away with her scroll saw making small intricate cut outs form wood to share with the kids.
The FFA challenge between Highland High School and Centerburg High School took place Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm. Timed events with an agricultural theme helped keep the friendly rivalry between the two schools an entertainment that everyone could enjoy. This was the fourth year of the competition with the Centerburg FFA taking the title this year,  making it a 2-2 tie overall.
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There were games and contests for the young and old that could be enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our agricultural heritage by enjoying a relaxing weekend at the Oldtime Farming Festival in Centerburg, Ohio.
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The antique tractors and farm machinery along with stationary engines were on display with the owners eager to answer questions about their collectable pride and joys.
The Oldtime Farming Festival
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