A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our grandson, Aaron, on his first Frederick County Barnstorming Tour. We have gone for many years and thought this would be a great adventure for Aaron since he loves tractors and barns. What fun we had!
This event is put on by the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, who describe themselves as “…a private non-profit organization, that promotes the preservation of historic sites, structures, natural landmarks and communities of Frederick County, Maryland, and strives to increase knowledge and appreciation of them…” Each year, in addition to getting to tour beautiful area barns, during the event you will find artists at each barn painting away. Then that evening they auction off the paintings.
We started our tour at the host barn where we paid for our tickets. Our ticket was a map with descriptions of each of the 8 barns on this year’s tour. Aaron loved this since he could figure out the key on the map and help Granddad find each barn. Along with my GPS of course. After we spent time at the host barn, it was back in the car and off we went. Around back country roads until we found the next barn. What was really special for Aaron this year were exhibitions at some of the barns. One woman was set up showing how to spin yarn out of sheep wool and another had Aaron try his hand at making butter! Best yet was when he got to milk a fake cow. We all got a chuckle out of that. We saw a barn full of beautiful quilts while a quilting bee was going on. There was one working farm that had cows. Then, of course, were all the tractors. In every color. We have always loved seeing the old IH tractors since my father in law use to work for International Harvester. We were never a John Deere family. Of course, Aaron is totally in love with John Deere. Go figure. And now my husband goes and spends actual money on John Deere products for Aaron. But that’s another story.
The whole morning, while driving to each new barn, we got the same question: “Is it time for lunch?” Now, this was not because the big guy was hungry but because while he helped pack our picnic lunch he also decided we would have lunch in the trunk. He thought that was so funny. “Just open the back-door Granddad and we can sit there.” Everyone who walked by had to stop and talk to Aaron.
If you want something fun and different to do, keep this in mind for next June. I know you will enjoy it as much as we do.
by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President