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Homeplace on Green River’s Plow Day and Spring Festival will liven up south-central Kentucky again on Saturday, April 21. The third annual event will see antique tractors join the horse and mule plow teams along with exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts sales, hands-on activities, historical re-enactors and all kinds of animals.

Youngsters will be thrilled by oxcart rides, hay rides and a barrel train. Artists and crafters will be selling Kentucky-made products. There will be six food vendors and all-day live music in the newly restored and renovated bank barn. The full day of fun geared toward families runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Among the many exhibits and demonstrations will be basket weaving and chair caning, lard rendering, arrowhead crafting, a grist mill and blacksmith.

The $10 per car parking fee includes all the events and activities except for items purchased from vendors.

Homeplace is located at 5807 new Columbia Road (Kentucky Highway 55) between Columbia and Campbellsville. The farm was first established in 1804 and is being restored as a reminder for Kentuckians of the role agriculture has had in the commonwealth and as a research site for promoting sustainable agriculture. It is a 501(c)(3), non-profit joint venture of Adair, Green and Taylor counties, supported largely by grants, private gifts and crop leases with an all-volunteer staff. It has been named by the state as “Kentucky’s Outdoor Classroom” and regularly hosts student groups from all three counties.

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