AMMON — The 22nd annual Planter’s Day is moving to a new day this year, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Graham Farm, located at 9252 Old Fayetteville Road. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. Gates open at 9 a.m. each day.
“We chose that (Friday) because it took so many people who also help with Planter’s Day out of church,” said Nancy Smith, one of the organizers for the event.
Smith said there was some apprehension about the change in days, but she said that this year’s event is “shaping up to be the best one yet.”
She said the group decided to forgo an admission because it makes the event “available for families to bring everybody.”
Smith said that, this year, there will be two saw mills — one is the old-fashioned version and the second one is the newer band saw type saw mill. There will be demonstrations both days of how the two saw mills operate.
There will also be country, bluegrass and gospel singing Friday and Saturday. The live entertainment will begin at about 2 p.m. Friday and will take place all day on Saturday, said Smith. Other activities include a display of antique tractors and farm equipment; antique cars; horse equipment; primitive tools; hit-and-miss engines; food and crafts. There will also be games and rides for children.
There will be a kids pedal pull and a ladies pedal tractor pull as well as vendors with wares from fudge to yard sale items, said Smith.
“We have had such an awesome response. There is something for everyone in the vendors,” said Smith.
Food and drinks will also be available each day. New this year, there will be a chicken and rice dinner on Friday night. Cost is a donation, said Smith. Other foods available each day will be sweet potato turn overs, turkey legs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream and shaved ice, said Smith.
Proceeds from the event will benefit college scholarships and fruit baskets for shut-ins, said Smith.
The two-day event is sponsored by the Ammon and White Oak Ruritan National clubs.