by Lisa Tome
The Cecil County Farm Museum will once again share the limelight with the upcoming Fair Hill International.
Apple butter making, and a full day of events is set for Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Proceeds from this event and the apple butter sales will assist with the continued renovation projects at the Cecil County Farm Museum property and buildings on Appleton Road, Elkton.
Beth Warrington, a farm museum board of director, said this is the sixth year the farm museum members have operated independently and are holding the event at the Fair Hill Fairgrounds. "We start the week before. We make half the apple butter we sell before. And the rest is made at the event and sold later in the day," explained Warrington. The apple butter making process is slow and requires constant tending and stirring in large kettles.
In addition to watching the apple butter making process, those who attend may also view, free of charge, spinning, quilting and sewing, and pumpkin carving demonstrations. There will also be a display of antique lanterns, an antique tractor, car, and small engines. The Lost Train band will perform country music from noon until 4 p.m.
There will also be a gun raffle drawing at 4 p.m. Raffle tickets are available from any farm museum member or may be purchased at the event.
When it comes to food, there will be a bake table, sloppy joes and other food, walk away sundaes, and kettle corn.
CCFM has a 99-year deal with the school system and pays $1 per year for the property which it shares with Cecil County School of Technology. The goal for the farm museum, which was established as a non-profit in 1997, has long been to preserve Cecil's agricultural heritage.