Landmark Park will offer visitors a glimpse into what rural life was like a century ago during the 28th annual Spring Farm Day on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The day’s activities will include demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and crafts like plowing with mules and horses, shearing sheep, blacksmithing, and more. Volunteers dressed in 1890s attire will invite visitors to the historic dwellings to observe the household pursuits of times past. They will quilt, sew by hand and with a treadle-powered sewing machine, cook on a wood stove and on the open hearth, wash clothes and make soap, demonstrate home crafts and games, and relate their own memories of farm life. Other activities include music, a quilt display and children’s activities.
A crowd favorite will be the 25th annual Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention. Contestants will compete in four age categories, and acoustical musicians can gather in the Fiddlers’ Corner for jam sessions during the day.
The fourth annual Alabama State Horse and Mule Plowing Contest will serve as Alabama’s official plowing competition. Plowers will be judged in a variety of areas, including depth of furrow, straightness of furrow and cleanliness of sidewall.
Sponsors for Spring Farm Day include CenturyLink, WOOF Radio, WTVY, Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, Houston County Farmers Federation, ServisFirst Bank, Hardee’s, Atlanta Bread Company and Dothan Animal Hospital. The event is co-hosted by Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
The park’s Martin Drug Store and Shelley General Store will be open for business, providing visitors with treats from the operating soda fountain or old-fashioned items typical of a country store. Concessions will be available during the day.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and active military, $4 for children, and free for children ages 3 and under. Park members are admitted free.
Landmark Park, home of the Alabama Agricultural Museum, is a 135-acre historical and natural science park located on U.S. Highway 431 North in Dothan, Ala. For more information, contact the park at 334-794-3452.
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