HUDSON – What a difference two weeks can make.
Case Barlow Farm, 1931 Barlow Road, celebrated its Fall Festival Sept. 23 after rain moved the date from Sept. 9. Not only was the sun shining, it was late enough in the month for pumpkins, which were available to decorate.
Trustee Ned Kendall said the Fall Festival had 1,500 visitors last year and they expected to exceed that this year.
The big change to the farm is the big red barn with new siding.The barn had rotted siding replaced, mostly on the west side, and all the siding was painted red along with the silo which was painted white, he said. Only a week before the festival the roof was replaced. Other improvements to the barn include increased floor load supports, an ADA main entrance and new windows.
The historic 1831 Farm House was built by Chauncy and Cleopatra Case, and in 1895 Franklin F. and Hattie Case Barlow built the 50-foot-by-100-foot bank barn with cows in the lower level and hay stored in the upper level. The large floor was used to thresh wheat, and required doors on each side of the barn to create a crosswind and carry the chaff away, Kendall said.
The sliding wooden doors on the south side of the barn were replaced and visitors at the fall festival looked out of them and onto the festival grounds.
"In the last 18 to 24 months, we've really accomplished a lot in fundraising and construction," Kendall said.
Work on the barn isn't complete. Before public events can take place, they have to submit a plan for electricity, an ADA bathroom and a paved parking lot for an occupancy permit from the county, Kendall said.
The two other barns in the area that offer wedding and reception space are booked through 2020, he said.
"We get a couple calls a week for a wedding [at Case Barlow Farm]," Kendall said.
Children learn about life on the farm by milking a wooden cow or washing laundry using a washboard and crank ringer. Raptors and reptiles were present as well as chickens and goats.
Children dipped candles, decorated pumpkins, created a pine cone bird feeder and other crafts.
Asher Van Such, 2, of Stow, had an advantage while milking a sawhorse cow, as he was small enough to get underneath.
Ariel Wheeler, 10, and Adelaide Baran, 9, both of Hudson, enjoyed doing the laundry even though they had to get their hands wet during the process.
Samuel Gutierrev, 5, of Hudson, decorated a pumpkin with inspiration from his pumpkin shirt.
"We missed a fall festival yesterday and heard about this one," said Michelle Gutierrev.
Allison Billings brought six children to the festival and wondered how she was going to carry six pumpkins to the car.
"It's a great festival for kids," said Alice Stage of Stow. "We've been coming for four years. They've added more crafts which is perfect."
Inside the house, quilts and dolls were on display. Janet Noall of Cuyahoga Falls demonstrated caning a chair seat, and Eileen Giunta of Hudson talked about the volunteer services of the American Red Cross, focusing on WWI.
There were four different services, Giunta said. The canteen served food, the hospital and recreation read and wrote letters for the service men, the motor service drove vehicles and the production corps made items and folded bandages.
On display were uniforms, books, posters and ditty bags which were given to the soldiers and contained items such as razors, books, pencil and paper.
The American Red Cross wasn't limited to adults, she said. A junior Red Cross was created in 1917 and the children knitted items and made toys for refugee children.
Upcoming events at Case-Barlow Farm include the Turkey Tot Trot for children 3 to 10 years old and Santa in the Barn with his workshop located in the wagon barn.
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