Friends of Ohio Barns will hold its 18th annual Ohio Barn Conference in Holmes County April 28-29.
Friday, April 28, kicks off the full conference package with a daylong bus tour thorough the county to see and explore some historic barns.
A first for this barn group will be a barn with double outshots and a stone end. This farmstead also sports a house with clapboard siding with brick infill throughout. The group also will visit the Lang Farm to see the working dairy operation and the timber framed barn with chamfered interior posts. There will be a stop at an Amish farm that has a hand-hewn Sweitzer barn. One stop will be at the County Home Barn which is the official bicentennial barn in Holmes County. There also will be two re-purposed barns on this tour, one being the Shreiner barn that has been restored to house events at the new Holmes County Fairground at Harvest Ridge. The second is the painted "Legends of Music" Barn.
There is always so much to learn from the Barn Detectives, Rudy Christian and Dan Troth, and other knowledgeable members about barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for this tour.
Saturday's conference will be a day filled with presentations. This year the conference will be in the Barn at Flying Ridge Hunt Club near Millersburg. Keynote speaker will be Mariangela Pfister, who will be speaking about the importance of preserving old barns and other structures.
Dan Troth and Nick Weisenberg will present on the Allan Barn at Carriage Hill with results from Weisenberg's dendrochronology testing. John and Caleb Miller will perform a hewing demonstrating while Barb Gabriel from Hancock County will discuss the barn quilt movement throughout Ohio.
Fred Krift will have much to say about his round barn at Nutwood Place and how he intends to preserve it. And, of course, the Barn Detectives will follow up with their findings from Friday's tour with a slide show and their usual antics.
The 2017 Barn of the Year Awards will be presented during the lunch break and the annual meeting will be held. There will be exhibits and vendors along with the annual silent auction filled with interesting items and much more.
Friends of Ohio Barns is a nonprofit, membership-based organization created to promote awareness of the significance of Ohio's historic barns through educational opportunities that bring together barn owners, barn lovers and folks who believe in the stewardship of Ohio barns.
Visit the website http://www.friendsofohiobarns.org for more information and to register online to attend the Ohio Barn Conference. For questions or more information, you may also contact Friends secretary Sarah Woodall at firstname.lastname@example.org or Friends president Ric Beck at email@example.com, 614-738-4302. The public is welcome.