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Way Back Weekend features ice cream social, other fun

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 11:22 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Visitors taking a step back in time on Saturday were greeted with a sweet treat.

July's Way Back Weekend celebration at Heritage Farm Museum and Village included a ice cream social for young and old in addition to the usual line-up of activities, including tours of the progress and transportation buildings, demonstrations by the blacksmith and opportunities to shop in the country store.

"This is a celebratory kind of weekend with the Fourth of July just happening, so we wanted to come to the farm and enjoy some of our history up close and personal," said David Rodgers of Proctorville, Ohio. "The addition of the ice cream made the trip an even easier sell for the family."

The ice cream, cranked with the farm's hit-and-miss engine, was added as additional fun to celebrate America's independence as Fourth of July activities spilled over into the weekend. Other activities included the petting zoo, the children's hands-on museum, wagon rides and face painting.

Doraline Moses of Culloden said her grandchildren can't get enough of the petting zoo and children's museum. They were making their third trip to the farm in as many months. Moses said she likes the themed weekends and the fact there's always a new twist on history to experience during her visits.

"We loved the Hatfields and McCoys tribute and the spring festival. Having different things to do keeps it fresh for adults, but the kids love seeing the animals every time. It never gets old for them," she said.

Way Back Weekends continue in August with a bluegrass/gospel music festival on Aug. 3, a cast-iron cook-off with antique cars on Sept. 7 and the fall harvest festival on Oct. 12. The year concludes with hot glass and pottery on Nov. 2 and the annual holiday market on Dec. 7.

The museum and village is located at 3300 Harvey Road, Huntington. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.org.

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