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Sauder Village Plans New Twists To Old Events

There are no new events on the Sauder Village 2008 calendar, but Kim Krieger, spokesman of the village, said old events are being given a new twist.

Speaking to the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce at the Monday, April 7, noon luncheon, Krieger said the first event is a quilt show, Tuesday, April 29 through Sunday, May 4.

Each year, 400 quilts are hung full-length in Founder’s Hall; a quilt displayed once at the show can’t be shown again. There also will be a special guest, along with workshops.

“The craftsmanship is phenomenal,” Krieger said.

The season’s events are very popular, she said.

This year’s antique car show, Saturday, May 17, is unique. It allows cars older than 1942 to be displayed.

Special is an actor portraying Henry Ford, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Model T.

Visitors will have a chance to ride in an antique car, and someone will have their name drawn to drive one of the vehicles.

The Gospel Music and Barbershop concerts will have just one performance this year, starting at 1 pm, Saturday, June 14.

Rug Hooking

One of the biggest events at Sauder Village is the 12th annual rug hooking event, Aug. 12-16.

Krieger said this is the only time when all 60 rugs will be on display in one place.

Krieger said she received a call from a woman in Japan, asking about displaying her rug.

Another event, set for October 4-5, is the “All Aboard Trains” event, in which the Swanton Model Railroad Club sets up model railroads in the festival barn.

Krieger said Sauder Village officials have been pleased as more and more guests come to stay at Sauder Heritage Inn.


Construction is also on the agenda this year, as Sauder Village begins to prepare the Pioneer Settlement area.

Covering the years from 1834 until the 1870s, the settlement will showcase the area from the time the first Lauber family settlers arrived, until the enactment of the Ohio ditching law, which allowed for more than subsistence farming.

Foundations will be built, and buildings, including the Holdeman church from Pettisville, the Whitmer Roth home, and a buggy shed, will be moved in.

Those who ride the village’s train will be able to watch the construction process as it takes place.


Krieger said visitors to Sauder Village often “spill out” into the Archbold community.

When they return, “they always mention the people.

“People in the country smile at other people. It’s something we all take for granted. It’s what we do in Northwest Ohio.

“But it helps create special memories for our guests,” she said.

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