The Knox County Barn Tour will take place on September 13 from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m with five historic barns, starting in Mount Vernon and driving northwest and east for a convenient 25 mile loop ending in Mount Vernon with a Barn Dance.
The tour this year will have many new events added to the list of activities that the whole family can enjoy. An art competition for Pat Catan’s gift certificate prizes is open to all Knox County residents of all ages, plus plein-air painters will be at all five barns painting scenes and competing for a Knox County Art League prize. After the tour, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Wayne King and the Hoedowners will appear at a free dance at the historic Round Hill Alpaca Farm sponsored by Forster’s Seeds of Quality. Forster’s will have mums for sale as well, and Road Hog Willy’s BBQ will be available there all day.
At other locations, two Knox County garden clubs will be having a ‘Gardener’s Garage Sale’. Thomas Bland will be demonstrating metal sculpture technique in his studio at Hammersong Farm. Pam Gray, The Lady Barn Consultant, Friends of Ohio Barns, barn restoration experts and The Knox County Agricultural Museum will all be at various barns to explain the history of barn construction and its restoration.
Ms. Gray has been with the Knox County Barn Tour since the first tour in 2008. She has made a quilt from an unfinished antique topper that will be awarded in a free drawing. Enjoy bluegrass jamming, exhibitions, locally produced foods, crafts, an antique French doll raffle, farm equipment modern and antique, animals, face painting, a model barn raising, hay rides and more. Attendance has doubled every year for this event.
In 2012 approximately 600 people visited 5 barns. No barns have ever been repeated. There has never been a charge for this event which is held to celebrate the cultural heritage of Knox County and inspire appreciation for preservation. Any donations or proceeds from the event however go to further the mission of The Knox County Renaissance Foundation and toward the ongoing conservation of the historic IOOF Building at 112-114 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, the home and restoration project of KCRF. For more information on the events, sponsors, and the route go to www.kcrf.wordpress.com or contact Phyllis Williams, chairperson, at 740-427-9015.