Sauder Village to Host Fiber Arts Fest September 26

Have you ever wondered how a sheep’s wool is transformed into your favorite sweater or warm wooly mittens? To learn more about knitting, spinning, quilting, and other fiber arts, plan a visit to Sauder Village on Saturday, September 26 for the Fiber Arts Fest – a fun-filled, fiber adventure!

“At our Fiber Arts Fest, Sauder Village artisans will demonstrate the steps to transform raw wool into yarn used to weave, knit, and crochet,” shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations Manager. “There will be spinning, weaving, quilting and rug hooking demonstrations as well as unique fiber-themed exhibits throughout the historic village.”

As guests take a walk through time they can learn more about fiber arts while experiencing life in Ohio from 1803 through the 1920s. At Natives and Newcomers families can learn how the Native Americans extracted plant fibers for baskets, bags, thread, and sleeping pads. There will be fiber arts exhibits and demonstrations at the Pioneer Settlement Area as well. Guests can watch hand quilting demonstrations in the parlor of the Stuckey home and learn about drop spindles and watch spinning demonstrations on the big wheel at the Witmer-Roth home. A quilt display featuring ten historic quilts that illustrate a variety of quilting styles and patterns from the 1860s through the 1930s will be on display at the Holdeman Church. Moving into the 1920s, artisans at the Grime Homestead will be demonstrating the traditional art of rug hooking.

Craftsmen will also be at work in the Spinning Shop, Broom Shop, and Weaving Shop to share interesting information about fiber arts. At the Festival Barn guests can watch as craftsmen transform raw wool into yarn used to weave, knit, and crochet. Families will also be encouraged to plan an adventure around the Historic Village with a fun fiber arts Scavenger Hunt.

Families will also be encouraged to plan an adventure around the Historic Village with a fun fiber arts Scavenger Hunt.

In addition to the fiber arts activities, guests will want to plan time to experience the past in the Historic Village. Visitors can visit places like the Grist Mill, church, schools, print shop, general store, and many craft shops. The Grime Home and barns are a fun place to experience life in the 1920s in rural Ohio. Other highlights of a visit to the Historic Village include a free train ride, unique shopping, and delicious ice-cream!

New this year, guests can visit the 1920s Main Street. Families can explore buildings on the east side of Main Street including the Farmers and Merchants Bank, Schuck Jewelry Store, Stotzer Hardware, Ohio Farm Bureau Office, and the barbershop. The 1920s Main Street also offers guests the opportunity to stop by the theater to take a peek at what’s playing on the big screen, explore a grocery store, and sip a chocolate malt at the soda fountain. Guests can see the latest fashions at the clothing store, buy sweet treats at the candy shop, and have fun exploring the fire station, and livery. The “Roaring Twenties” will come to life through personal stories, authentic reproduction buildings, and historic artifacts.

A visit to Sauder Village would not be complete without some delicious, home-style food. From chicken, roast beef, and mashed potatoes to soups, salads, and homemade rolls – the Barn Restaurant offers a wide range of menu options and daily specials.  The Doughbox Bakery is a hometown favorite offering a wide variety of homemade pies, cookies, sweet rolls, bread, and more! For those looking to extend their stay, the 98-room Heritage Inn has many places for guests to relax and enjoy spending time together by the fireplace or Great Oak Tree, or playing in the indoor pool or hot tub! The 87-site Campground is a great place to relax while fishing, sharing stories around the campfire, or riding bikes around Little Lake Erie.

Sauder Village is located at 22611 State Route 2 in Archbold – just minutes from Exit 25 of the Ohio Turnpike. The Historic Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  The Village is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays this season. Admission is $20.00 for adults, $14.00 for students (6-16), and free for members and children 5 and under.

Make history of your very own this fall with a trip to Sauder Village! Hours of operation, safety practices, special events, and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Sauder Village website. For details about planning a memorable Sauder Village getaway call 800.590.9755, visit the Sauder Village website at, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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