The Carroll County Farm Bureau invites the community to the Carroll County Farm Museum's 50th anniversary party Friday.
The Carroll County Farm Bureau invites the community to the Carroll County Farm Museum's 50th anniversary party Friday, Aug.12. The free celebration will be held on the museum's grounds in Westminster from 3 to 8 p.m.
"Back when the farm museum was formed, many of the people originally involved were farm people," said Carroll County Farm Bureau President Dave Brauning. "They wanted to preserve the county's agricultural heritage and we still do. Because the Farm Bureau is an agricultural organization, we wanted to help so we're sponsoring the party."
According to Carroll County Farm Museum Manager Joanne Weant, the free event includes a children's tent featuring make and take crafts, tractor rides, a corn cannon, a cupcake contest, live entertainment, oxen demonstrations and farmhouse tours as well as food and craft vendors.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will allow attendees to tour its mobile command center and the Carroll County Public Library's bookmobile will also be on site.
"We're one of the oldest farm museums in the state. It says a lot that we're still going strong at 50," Weant said. "This party marks the start of our yearlong celebration."
Weant said Farm Museum board member Donald Dell was instrumental in planning the celebration.
"I thought it would be a good time to get the farmers together and have a picnic [to celebrate] the farm museum for what it does and what it represents," Dell said. "I'm looking forward to a big crowd and having a good time. It's really the star of our county."
Carroll County Farm Museum Curator Stefanie Basalik said two highlights of the celebration are the 50th anniversary timeline exhibit in the museum's Living History Center and a special donors' exhibit throughout the farmhouse.
"We wanted to honor the donors, volunteers, staff members and visitors with these exhibits," Basalik said. "We want to thank them for their dedication, service and continued support."
Weant emphasized that the celebration is for the community.
"We're very indebted to the community for all their support," Weant said. "There have been countless volunteer hours put in, a number of county residents on the staff and hundreds of people who have built their family traditions here. This is a way to say thank you to the people who continue to make the museum part of their lives."