SANBORN – The popular Niagara River Dancers will return to the ninth annual Farm Museum Festival on Saturday and next Sunday, with the help of a state arts grant.
The Sanborn Area Historical Society’s free event is held on the museum grounds, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, and runs from 8 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Things kick off with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday (cost is $7), followed by opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. The Niagara River Dancers take the stage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Rosemary Hill’s raised beadwork exhibit also will be featured in the Community Center from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
The tractor parade is planned for 2 p.m., followed by music by “’Bout Time” from 3 to 6. Terry Buchwald takes the stage as Elvis from 6:30 to 9:30. Admission for the “Elvis” concert is a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food pantry.
Fireworks begin at 9:30, so everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Activities begin at 8 a.m. Sunday with a French toast breakfast (cost $8). The Niagara River Dancers return from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., followed by the Symmetrical Band. A fife and drum band will traverse the area from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Hill’s raised beadwork will again be on display from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
The tractor parade will be held at 1 p.m., along with a “make-your-own sundae” ($2) opportunity. The Sanborn Fire Company Band performs from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
The weekend also features a huge basket auction, and Bonnie Haskell, the museum’s assistant curator, expects more than 80 baskets with additional gift certificates.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” she said. “The winners will be drawn at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.”
Haskell said some of the funds earned at this year’s festival will go toward completion of a commercial kitchen at the site. Founded in 1996 with the purchase of 60 acres of farmland, the museum site includes a museum building, a new community center and a barn.
Haskell said the Sanborn nonprofit organization is one of the largest historical societies in the area, with close to 400 members.
“People are very supportive of us,” she said. “We have around 100 members who now live out of state, but they still send their membership in every year. The people here in Sanborn are wonderful to us.”
Haskell said her group is dedicated to furthering the public’s education of farming traditions.
“When children come to visit us on school tours, we ask, ‘Do you know where milk comes from?’ And they answer ‘The store,’ ” Haskell said. “Maybe they know it comes from cows, but they don’t really think about it. We want them to walk around here and see everything and see what life was like for their grandparents and great-grandparents. We have a lot of nice things for people to see here.”
For more information, visit: www.sanbornhistory.org.