All of the farm's bees will be on their best behavior today according to beekeepers, who have invited the public to meet the queens, drones and workers who are responsible for this year's crop of clover honey. Visitors will be able to help uncap and extract honey, to taste and buy honey, and to see the insides of working hives. Children can help spin honey from the frames where it was stored by worker bees.
Howell Living History Farm will be hosting an agricultural fair featuring cow milking, sheep and goat shows, a poultry show, and a small animal show. Guests can also go for a hayride or watch historical farming demonstrations.
Experiencing the ring of an anvil, the roar of the forge and the sizzle of hot steel hitting cold water is just part of the fun in store for visitors to Howell Farm, when the blacksmiths fire up their forges. Throughout the day, visitors off all ages can help the blacksmith by turning the crank of his forge blower, adding coal to the fire, and carrying water needed for cooling hot steel. The smithies' hooks, initialed horseshoes and other items will be for sale. In the barn, farm farriers will be shoeing the farm's work horses and checking their feet.
The crew will be led by farm staff and interns, who will use horses or oxen to pull a special plow called a "potato lifter." Visitors can help by gathering potatoes unearthed by the lifter, and by turning the crank of the Farm's "potato grader" to sort the potatoes.
Howell Living History Farm is the ideal setting for an old time traditional fiddle contest. The music of the fiddle finds a natural home here, having been the favorite instrument at rural dances and social gatherings through much of the nation's early history. Participating musicians will present old-time tunes of varying tempos for the chance to win cash prizes.