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Sauder Village Opening Crowd ‘Manageable’

Sauder Village opened for the 2020 season last week. Above: Families wander through the 1920s Main Street area. Right: Jason and Kara Bacik, and their children, Eliza, 12, Brady, 14, and Asher, 8, look on as Graciela Ayers, a village staff member, demonstrates a counterfeit coin detector in the re-created F&M Bank.– photos by David Pugh

Sauder Village opened for the 2020 season last week. Above: Families wander through the 1920s Main Street area. Right: Jason and Kara Bacik, and their children, Eliza, 12, Brady, 14, and Asher, 8, look on as Graciela Ayers, a village staff member, demonstrates a counterfeit coin detector in the re-created F&M Bank.– photos by David Pugh

Sauder Village opened a shortened 2020 season, Wednesday, June 24, to “manageable crowds.”

Kim Krieger, media relations manager, said, “We really had no idea how many people would visit last week, but we were pleased with the very manageable crowd that joined us for the first four days of our season.”

Like all other aspects of society, Village officials have had to make adjustments to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

“While things may have looked a little different with hand-washing stations, staff wearing face coverings, and social distancing plans being used throughout the Village, our guests were still able to spend quality time with family at Sauder Village while celebrating unforgettable sights, sounds, and memories from the past,” Krieger said.

“During the first few opening days, we heard many positive comments from people who appreciated the efforts we have made to keep the well-being of our guests and staff a top priority.

 

 

“One grandmother visiting last week with her family shared that this was the first time she had seen her grandchildren in four months, and she was so happy to be spending time with them at Sauder Village.

“Guests visiting last week were the first to visit some of the new buildings on the east side of our 1920s Main Street.

“As guests traveled oneway through the new Farmers and Merchants Bank, Schuck Jewelry Store, Stotzer Hardware, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Office, they were able to experience the ‘Roaring Twenties’ through personal stories, authentic reproduction buildings, and historic artifacts.

“As we prepare to open for week two of our season, we will keep gathering feedback from our staff and will continue working with our local health department as we welcome our guests back to Sauder Village.”