Fiber arts, model trains, and antique tractors will highlight Sauder Village in Archbold the first weekend of October.
Again this year, artisans from throughout the region will gather at Founder’s Hall for the annual Fiber Arts Fest from Oct. 1-2. Guests will be able to watch spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, tatting, and flax demonstrations. There will be fiber exhibits, looms, and spinning wheels on display, hands-on activities ,and dyeing demonstrations. Select vendors will be selling handmade items and fiber arts supplies.
Fiber arts classes are also scheduled on Friday and Saturday to offer guests an opportunity to learn new techniques, expand their creativity, and connect with fellow fiber arts enthusiasts. Scheduled workshops include Beginning Spindle Spinning, Tapestry Weaving, and Spinning for Lace, among others. A special exhibit of Coverlets & Home Textiles will also be a highlight.
The exhibit will feature items from Melinda Zongor’s personal collection of home textiles. Zongor is the director/curator of The National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, Penn., and will present a free lecture on Saturday at 2 p.m. For event information or workshop registration, visit saudervillage.org/classes-events/special-events/fiber-arts-fest.
That weekend, the annual “All Aboard” Train event will also take place. Again this year, the Swanton Area Railroad and Model Club and other train collectors will have a variety of model trains and garden-scale train displays set up in the museum building. Throughout the weekend, guests can register for a chance to be a guest conductor on the Erie Express train, and enjoy a train-themed story, craft activity, and play at the “Thomas the Train” play table at Little Pioneers Homestead.
Also planned, beginning Sept. 30, is a new event – “The Great Planting Northwest Ohio.” During this two-day event at Sauder Village, Massey Collectors will gather with their antique tractors and farm implements to help plow, disc, and plant winter wheat on 100 acres of farmland around Sauder Village. Massey collectors and other antique tractor lovers from throughout the Midwest are expected to participate and watch this farming demonstration of days gone-by.
Nearly 100 antique tractors and farm implements are expected to be used during this two-day event. There will also be antique tractors on display, a tractor giveaway, and a Friday evening banquet – pre-registration required). Collectors of Wallis, Massey Harris, Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractors are all invited to participate through pre-registration by calling Gary Sager at 309-238-8698.