i was first introduced to bob evans when we were still living in seattle. any time we would take a trip to ohio, eating at a bob evans was a must, and aaron raved about their biscuits and sausage gravy (it is quite tasty). of course, now that we can go to one at any time, we actually don't go there very often. isn't that always the case?
so last week i mentioned that we got invited to check out bob evans' annual farm festival down at the bob evans farm. not only would it be a fun learning opportunity for the kids, but the possibility of having full access to their biscuits and sausage gravy sealed the deal.
we packed everyone (sans dog) into the car and began the 4-hour-drive-that-turned-into-5 last friday. i will say that the drive with 3 kids in the car (one being a teenager) can get a little hairy, but we all survived. on a side note, we made a lunch stop at a wendy's on the way down (it was either that or a mcdonalds...lots of options when you're in the middle of nowhere) and got the "you must not be from around here" look. especially aaron...the gal at the wendy's counter could not pry her eyes away from his tattoos. too bad i wasn't able to capture that look. ha, ha! we definitely stuck out like a sore thumb!
we spent the last half of friday and the first half of saturday checking out the farm activities. it was surprisingly hot for this time of year, but i'll take that over cold and rainy any day. the property is huge, and the event attracted a lot of people.
we saw mr. hank (who had the most awesome mustache ever) shear a very squirmy sheep. trying to shear all that fleece in one piece was no easy task.
|He has been doing this since the first farm festival 40 years ago.|
|serious mustache awesomeness.|
|"pull and twist"|
when we arrived saturday morning, we were greeted with some lively music accompanying a bunch of square dancing tractors. yes. square dancing tractors, performed by the delaware county tractor square dancers. it was a sight to see.
we stopped by the soap making station, smelling and touching the lye soap samples and observing some of the tools and ingredients used to make it.
we were originally supposed to participate in a soap making demonstration, but maybe the demonstrator was on a lunch break? so instead of making soap, emma got to try her hand at washing clothes the old-fashioned way. it seemed like a long process just to get clothes clean and it made me VERY thankful for my washer and dryer!
|an exciting discovery by your 216 coffee snobs: superb coffee by this ohio micro-roaster!|
|super biscuit cutter at the homestead museum...how do i get one of these?|
|sausage making contraptions|
|family covered-wagon ride...an emma favorite.|
|simple entertainment (and physics). take THAT nintendo DSi!|
|mr. beanie boy: "are you one of those bloggers?" me: "umm...yes." |
mr. bb: "i've heard of loggers, but i've never heard of bloggers." ha.
**a HUGE thank you to blake at brunner and bob evans for inviting us to the event and for coordinating the food, lodging and activities for the weekend! we had so much fun! and you don't have to wait until next year to visit the farm...they're open year round. take a little road trip, eat some biscuits and sausage gravy and enjoy some time down on the farm.**