Sauder village offers July 4th activities

Staff report

Sauder Village in Archbold will offer many activities during the July 4th weekend.

During a special naturalization ceremony at Sauder Village on July 4, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate as more than 80 people become new U.S. citizens on our nation’s birthday.

The U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony will be held 11:00 a.m. on the village green, weather permitting. Approximately 86 people from 31 countries will take the oath of American citizenship during this special ceremony which will include special music, the colors carried by the Fulton County Honor Guard, and remarks by Judge James R. Knepp II. Boy Scouts from Troop 63 in Archbold will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

“It is always an honor for us to host a naturalization ceremony at Sauder Village,” said Kim Krieger, media relations. “This is a special opportunity for our guests to watch as people become new citizens of the United States of America on our nation’s birthday. For people who have never attended a Naturalization Ceremony, it is sure to be a very inspiring event.”

To add to the festivities, the Village Strings will play on the village green. These musicians from southeastern Michigan play Celtic, Irish, Scottish, and folk music on hammered dulcimers, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, whistle, marimbula, spoons, tambourine, and washboard.

Other special activities planned for the Fourth of July weekend include making hand-cranked ice-cream and playing old-fashioned games. Family and friends can play with wooden toys and try their luck at marbles, croquet, Game of Graces, and other traditional yard games. Patriotic songs will be played on the reed organ in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and guests will be encouraged to join in singing. There will also be goat milking and horse-themed demonstrations, as well as a patriotic craft for young guests to enjoy at Little Pioneers Homestead.

Again this year, Tom Melville will be at Sauder Village on Saturday, July 1, to teach guests how to play cricket – a fun game of yesteryear. An American cricket player, teacher, and author, Mr. Melville will be traveling from Wisconsin to share his love of cricket with guests.

In honor of their service to our country, all veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to Sauder Village for July 4th weekend. And, as part of the Blue Star Museum program, Sauder Village continues to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day weekend.

Other upcoming events include The Great Harvest on July 7-8, Fiddle Contest and Summer on the Farm on July 15, and a Vintage Base Ball Tournament on July 22.

For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Sauder Village in Archbold will offer many activities during the July 4th weekend. Village in Archbold will offer many activities during the July 4th weekend.

Staff report