The onset of fall means many things to many people: cool, crisp air; a much anticipated football season; hayrides; fresh apple cider, and pumpkins – just to name a few. For over 3,000 people it also means Log Cabin Days at Hochstetler Milling. And this, our sixth annual event promises to be bigger and better than ever. So mark your calendars now for Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14. Hours are 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday.
For those of you who attended last year, you know what a fun-filled family event this is, and enjoyed events like the lumberjack competition, chainsaw carving, silent craft auction, free seminars, 40 exhibitors, a mill tour, plus plenty of good, old-fashioned outdoor cooking.
This year will again be highlighted by the Log Cabin Tour – a rare opportunity to visit up to eight homes and talk candidly to homeowners about the relaxing log home lifestyle and what makes it so special. This self-guided tour is only $10 per couple (suggested donation) or $15 per vehicle with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the eight private residences you can visit our two, on-site models free.
Two fun-filled days of family activities also include the always popular Lumberjack Competition; a line- up of excellent seminar speakers; booth exhibits containing log home style furniture and furnishings, builders and craftsmen; and a complete landscape layout. You’ll see hand-hewing, hand-peeling, and blacksmith demos; competitive log-stacking; and competitive log sawing and chopping, plus axe throwing in the Lumberjack Show. New this year is a steam engine powering a sawmill. Chainsaw carving and watercolor painting demos are also planned.
The speakers include: Ashley Weaver of Farm Credit, who will talk about log home financing; someone from Hochstetler Milling and a rep from Sikkens, who will discuss maintenance; Bill Dinkins, Hochstetler Milling, who will discuss what you need to know about log homes in “Log Basics 101”; and Steve Lykins, Hochstetler Milling, who will discuss, in-depth, floor plan design. These seminars are all free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Once again, we are proud to announce Log Home Living’s Log Home University on Saturday, September 14, from 8 am to 1 pm. This is a very comprehensive workshop – so bring your notepads and questions. The cost is $98 per couple or $75 per individual. If you are in the planning stages of building a log home, please register.
Since Log Cabin Days is a true family event we’ve tried to include lots of activities for kids, too. They will, no doubt, be fascinated by our small petting zoo with a chance to visit up-close animals like a pony, a calf, puppies, rabbits and kittens. Or, they can play “gold-digger” and sift thru shavings for nickels and candy. Perhaps they’d like to go on the covered wagon ride through the woods.
Except for the Log Home Tour and Log Home University most events and seminars are free.
A small log cabin will once again be built during the show and auctioned off at 4 pm on Saturday. This one bedroom cabin is perfect as a guest or hunting or fishing getaway and can be transported down the road.
The “Silent Auction” includes unique, one-of-a-kind items like handmade Amish quilts, rustic furniture, lamps, bird houses, etc. Bidding ends at 3 pm Saturday.
No all-day family event would be complete without some authentic old-fashioned, mouth-watering, finger-lickin’ food – and this is no exception. Delicious barbeque chicken, noodles, potato salad, baked beans and a variety of pies highlight the menu. There is also homemade ice cream, fresh-squeezed apple cider, apple butter and kettle-cooked popcorn to tempt your taste buds. Fresh produce, locally- made Swiss cheese, trail bologna, and jams and jellies round out the menu.
An “Early Bird” breakfast is scheduled beginning at 7am on Saturday and features kettle-cooked scrambled eggs and bacon, real stuffed sausage, pancakes, donuts, coffee or juice.
For additional information, call 419-368-0004.