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Watch history come alive on six historic farm sites in the largest rural historic district in the country! This annual two-day event, held the second Friday & Saturday of August. Join us from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and take the shuttle, drive, hike, or bike between the sites to see timber-framers, candle-makers, basket-weavers , blacksmiths, and potters hard at work.
Enjoy music in the barn, or watch oxen cutting hay in the field. Children can try their hand at the cross-cut saw or other farm tools.
Take a tour of a farm building, or learn about knitting, soap-making, butter-churning, spinning, and bee keeping. As you take a step back in time, know that you are working for a greener future, as this is a zero-waste event. Food will be available for purchase (on compostable service ware, of course!) or bring your own picnic lunch.
End the day on Friday, August 10 with a chicken dinner at the Port Oneida Picnic at 5:00 pm sponsored by Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. Enjoy music and tractor wagon rides, and a small silent auction. Tickets are $15 each and need to be purchased in advance (www.phsb.org). To end the fair, there will be a star party on Saturday, August 11, starting at 9:30 pm on the Thoreson Farm. Members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society will partner with the Lakeshore to share their telescopes and knowledge as we view the sunset, Saturn, and the full moon.
All Fair events are free after visitors purchase and display the Lakeshore pass on their vehicles. For more information and a schedule of events, please visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/slbe or call the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center at 231-326-5134.