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Event: Homer Historical Society Fall Festival
Date: Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM − 4:30 PM
Organization: Homer Historical Society
Location: Blair Historical Farm
26645 M-6- East
Homer, MI
Phone: none
www.homerhistoricalsociety.org
Cost: no charge, and parking is free
Contact: Dee Camp
Phone: 517-524-7348
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Description: Homer Fall Festival will
celebrate barns


Barns are part of
our farms, our rural
culture, and our heritage.
Every farm house used to
have one or more for their
animals, crop storage,
equipment and various other
needs. But if you drive down
a country road today you’re
likely to see only a few,
and a number of them may not
be there much longer. That’s
why the Homer Historical
Society chose to feature
barns in a Fall Festival
display this year.

The organization’s
43rd annual Fall Festival
will be Saturday, September
22 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at Blair Historical Farm,
26645 M-60 East. There is no
admission charge, and
parking is free.

When Maude Blair
donated her family’s farm to
the non-profit, tax exempt
organization in 1975 she
charged the Historical
Society with preserving
Homer’s history through the
farm so that the present and
future generations could
learn what life was like
when her grandfather, Dr.
George W. Blair, came to the
area in 1836 and when her
parents, Albert and Ella
Blair, developed the family
farm after their marriage in
1875.

The Fall Festival
features displays and
activities consistent with
this goal. Restoring the
farm house was the
organization’s first and
ongoing project. Add
restoring the Blair farm’s
barn to it, building a
second barn for large
equipment displays plus
adding buildings like the
Albion Town Hall and the
Grover railroad station to
the site because they are
compatible with the historic
theme. All of them will be
open for self-guided tours
and will feature numerous
displays.

According to John
Hawkins who is developing
the project, Homer area
barns, most of which are
from 50 to 100 years old,
will be displayed through
exterior and interior
photographs along with
stories about their unique
features. His research has
involved interviewing over
two dozen barn owners,
spending approximately three
hours with each one. “Every
farmer had a cool story to
tell about their barn’s
history. One barn was hit by
lightning two years in a
row. The display focuses on
the farm and the barn’s
structure and the story,”
Hawkins said. “One barn is
112 feet long and was built
by putting two barns
together.” He shot exterior
photos of it with a drone
because the structure was so
long, but he also found that
the drone enabled him to
take dozens of exterior
shots of a building so he
could select the one that
showed it to the best
advantage.

“Every barn has a
different style and a
different story, and very
few barns built before 1860
have survived. I’m thinking
in 50 to 100 years a lot of
these barns in the display
will not be here,” Hawkins
said. “The problem is that
there often isn’t anyone in
the family to take the farm
over next. If not, then who
will keep the barns up? It’s
expensive.”

“It’s been an
interesting project, and
it’s been extremely fun to
do it,” Hawkins said.

Antique engines and
farm equipment will be
displayed and demonstrated
at the festival.

There will also be live
music played by the Homespun
Strings from 11 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. and by Uncle
Carl’s Dulcimer Club from 1
p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both
groups of talented area
musicians have performed at
the festival for many years.

Blair Farm apple
butter can be sampled on
corn pancakes made on the
cook stove in the farm’s
Apple Shack where the apple
butter can be purchased.
This Fall Festival favorite
is available only once a
year, and since supplies
often sell out, the festival
committee suggests
purchasing it early in the
day.

Fall Festival food
menu items freshly prepared
by the Homer Historical
Society include harvest
soup, grilled bratwurst on a
bun, hot dogs, baked beans,
rice pudding and many
varieties of pie. Dill
pickles, chips and beverages
are also available.

Other festival
attractions include a
campfire cooking
demonstration, arts and
crafts created by area
artists and crafters, and a
variety of historically
related exhibits. Crafters
interested in participating
should contact Dee Camp,
517-524-7348.

The festival
originated as an event to
showcase the museum and
Homer area history, but
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