Friends of Ohio Barns hosting annual bus tour, conference
|Friends of Ohio Barns will hold its annual Bus Tour and Ohio Barn Conference April 27-28. Shown is a Cruck Frame crafted by the conference’s keynote speaker, Scott Carlson.
|Photo courtesy of Friends of Ohio Barns|
According to event officials, the tour will include a visit to several century barns and lunch. Saturday’s barn conference will feature local historians, guest speakers, demonstrations, a silent auction and barn lore.
This year, Friends of Ohio Barns is working in collaboration with the National Barn Alliance for the tour, which will step off from the Clarion Inn, according to event officials. The tour will include some of the barns in the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy (CVCC) program, as well as speaker Darwin Kelsey, incorporator and executive director of the CVCC. The program was started in 1999 as a way to rehabilitate old farms and put them back to work under the guidance of the CVCC, according to event officials. Also speaking about their experiences with the CVCC will be farmers Alan Halko, Daniel Greenfield and David Wingenfeld.
The tour also will feature the Brown/Bender barn, according to event officials. The barn is a three-story-tall large bank barn with two sunken haymows and a center granary built in 1896. Another stop on the tour will be an example of adaptive reuse, the Canal Corners Farmer’s Market barn, which is a modified Wisconsin barn made of timbers milled in Tennessee and brought to Ohio in 1913. Several other barns used for agriculture and adaptive reuse will be visited as well, according to event officials. Rudy Christian and Larry Sulzer, the Barn Detectives, will be on hand to explain the barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for the tour.
The conference will be filled with presentations and displays, according to event officials. Scott Carlson, a timber framer and woodworker, will be the keynote speaker. Charles Leik, from the National Barn Alliance, will speak on the future of America’s barns as well as the alliance’s accomplishments and future goals. David Snider, of Somerset, will speak on local history and the “Agricultural Juggernaut.”
According to event officials, the Barn Detectives will wrap up the event with slides from the barn tour.
The 2012 Barn of the Year Awards also will be presented, and the annual member meeting also will take place.
Advance registration is required for the tour and conference and can be made by contacting Friends of Ohio Barns secretary Sarah Woodall at 330-550-6982 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the website at www.friendsofohiobarns.org.
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