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CULLMAN - In spite of a full slate of area competition from events like the Mud Creek Arts and Crafts Festival, Pilot Club Rummage Sale, Sportsman Lake Yard Sale and the Alabama Gourd Festival, this weekend’s Peinhardt Farm Day was declared a success.

Jennifer Tucker, a granddaughter of Carl Peinhardt and member of the next generation of the Peinhardt family that is taking the reins of the event, spoke to The Tribune Saturday afternoon.

Said Tucker, “I haven’t gotten a number yet, but I think it’s going to be one of our biggest turnouts, because of the weather.  The weather’s been beautiful today; we couldn’t ask for a prettier day.  Large crowds have been constantly coming in, so I think we’re going to have one of our biggest days yet.”

Farm Day enjoyed even more volunteer support than originally anticipated, with approximately 250 coming out to help the family put on the event.  There were woodworking, spinning and weaving, quilting, grinding, blacksmithing, cooking and syrup-making demonstrations.  Visitors got to observe and, in some cases, interact with, various types of poultry and livestock.  Experts shared about beekeeping, native plants and common wild animals.  Supervised kids’ activities included crosscut sawing, log splitting, shingle splitting, a petting zoo, numerous games and the cow train…and more.

Tucker applauded all the helpers. “Without our volunteers, we couldn’t do this.  It takes so many to pull this off, especially this day.  Our school days, we have about 30 volunteers a day, but today we have upwards of about 250 to come out and help us, from young to old.”

What does Tucker want people to take away from Peinhardt Farm Day?

“A new appreciation for the way things used to be,” she said.  “It’s a great day for people to experience the way it used to be.  We just, basically, like to use this day to take people back in time, and experience things they never get to experience and don’t know a lot about.  There’s no other farm like it around: it’s actually a living history that still does demonstrations and hands-on, so it’s just a time for families to come out and learn the way it was back in the 1930s, and actually get to experience the way it was, and hands-on activities and crafts, and things like that, that we like to bring back to the public.  You don’t experience this anywhere else.”

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