Barn raising and threshing demonstrations new at Montcalm Heritage Festival

Using a quarter-sized replica of an American Midwest timber-frame barn, participants will learn about the parts, the vocabulary and the raising of this building structure that framed barns, homes and businesses of this time period. The quarter-size barn will be constructed daily at 1:30 p.m. north of the gazebo in Heritage Village.

Using a quarter-sized replica of an American Midwest timber-frame barn, participants will learn about the parts, the vocabulary and the raising of this building structure that framed barns, homes and businesses of this time period. The quarter-size barn will be constructed daily at 1:30 p.m. north of the gazebo in Heritage Village.

A barn-raising demonstration by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and local volunteers will take place each day during the 27th annual Montcalm Heritage Festival, Aug. 1-3 on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus.

Another new feature will be a threshing demonstration at 11 a.m. on Aug. 2 in MCC’s north field.

Several events run all three days including historical displays in Heritage Village buildings, a tool and machinery show in the blacksmith shop, display of a 1937 Chevrolet-General Pumper fire truck, Civil War encampment, a quilt show and quilting instruction, music, printing demonstrations, a bake sale, used book sale and craft demonstrations.

The Montcalm County Commission on Aging Senior Fest will be Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in MCC’s Beatrice E. Doser Building. Events include bingo, make-and-takes, desserts and refreshments, health booths, a 50-50 drawing and door prizes. Transportation will be provided from the parking area.

MCC-Matthew_BallRagtime, blues and boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball, known as “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” comes to MCC’s Barn Theater for one performance on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Ball will perform blues and boogie arrangements of classic American songs such as Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, The Entertainer, Bumble Boogie, Cow Cow Blues and more during this family-friendly show. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Aug. 3, the MCC Foundation will host its pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. in MCC’s Activities Building. Proceeds from the breakfast support MCC scholarships. The cost is $5 per person in advance or $6 at the door. Advance tickets are available by calling 989-328-1284 or by e-mailing terry@montcalm.edu.

Vintage Baseball will return to Montcalm Heritage Festival on Aug. 3 on MCC’s north lawn. Following rules and customs from the 1860s, all cranks, or fans, are invited to watch as three club nines, or teams, try to score enough aces, or runs, to win the game. MCC’s Sidney Stars, Kent Base Ball Club and Fallasburg Flats will play. Games start at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Other special events on Aug. 3 include children’s activities, live music, art exhibits and demonstrations and a quilt show.

The festival is offered by the Montcalm Heritage Village Committee, a group of community volunteers that works year around in the historical Heritage Village on the college’s campus; MCC and the MCC Foundation. Montcalm Heritage Village was established in 1986 on MCC’s campus and has grown to include 28 buildings and hundreds of artifacts from local areas depicting life in Michigan in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 2-3. The opening ceremony is Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Village Church.

Visit www.montcalm.edu/heritage-festival for a complete schedule of events or for more information about Montcalm Heritage Village.

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