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Farm History Day Returns for 18th Year

Over 1,500 students are expected at the 18th annual Farm History Day at the Michigan Flywheelers Museum to learn about farm life before cell phones, video games and YouTube.

Washing clothes in galvanized tubs full of suds and washboards, grinding corn into meal, and twisting twine into rope are just a few of the things that students will learn how to do during the event scheduled for Friday, May 12th from 9am to 2pm.

Open to schools, homeschoolers and the public, Farm History Day will feature over 25 exhibits – many of them hands- on.

“We really enjoy this event,” stated Patrick Ingalls, museum president. “The kids seem to have a really good time. There’s lots of smiles and lots of questions.”

Some of the more popular activities are dipping candles, and watching the museum blacksmith pound iron into tools.

“We began holding Farm History Day as part of our educational goal for the museum,” explains Ingalls. “There is no charge to attend because we wanted to give something back to the community for all the support it has given us.”

Besides the hands-on activities, students will be able to stroll through Old Towne filled with places like Old Tyme Jail, Farm Machinery Repair Shop, a migrant farm camp, Peaceful Knoll Church and a log cabin.

The museum asks that anyone attending with a large group, call 269-637-5077 or email: michiganflywheelers@yahoo.com.

The Michigan Flywheelers Museum is located at 06285 68th Street. It is open on Wednesdays and weekends from Memorial Day through the end of August as well as for special events. Tours are given by appointment. For more information, 269-639-2010, michiganflywheelers@yahoo.com, www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook.