Posted: Sep 8, 2012 5:55 PM by Kerry Leary
Updated: Sep 9, 2012 4:21 PM
HERMANN- The fourth annual Country Fair attracted approximately 600 guests Saturday to see tin smiths, broom-makers, weavers and farm animals. This year, the fair wasn't held in downtown Hermann, it was at Hermann Farm which made the old-fashioned fun in a more genuine setting.
Historian for Hermann Farm and Museum Elias McDonald says the fair is held to open visitors' eyes into what life was like in the 1860s.
"Our event is actually to demonstrate some of the old ways," McDonald said. "Like single cyllinder engines, the old tractors, the mules, the sheep hearding, to demonstrate old ways to shed light on it for people who have never seen it."
Many talented worksmiths came to the fair from throughout Missouri to display their handmade products and demonstrate their craft-making skills, including the 2012 Missouri Honey Queen Megan Allen from Amazonia, Missouri. Allen advocates the Missouri State Beekeeper Association around the state.
"I get to travel across Missouri to educate and advocate," Allen said. "It is such a great opportunity."
Visitors were able to see honey bees, sample local food, and take tractor rides to the top of a hill to see a beautiful view and to visit the grave of Charles Teubner, the original owner of the Hermann Farm.