Peru kids fair on tap next weekend

Apple bobbing, sack racing planned

Children enjoy time at the Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum in Peru.

Children enjoy time at the Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum in Peru.

— The Babbie Rural & Farm Leaning Museum is hosting a kids fair and festival Sept. 24 and 25.

“We want to make it an annual event for the children,” Museum Treasurer Sharron Morrow said. “So it’s something they can look forward to each year.”

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the museum, 250 River Rd. Numerous activities will be offered, such as sack racing, capture the flag, apple bobbing, find the hidden treasure in the sawdust box, and stilt walking.

“We want to have the old time games,” Morrow said. “It will be something new for the kids.”

Prizes for the events are yet to be determined. Morrow said sack racing and capture the flag were her favorite games being offered.

“I participate in all the activities and make sure the children have a good time,” Morrow said. Stage coach rides will also be offered.

“We’ll take them all around the cornfields, the hayfields, around the barns,” Morrow said, adding the stage coach is pulled by a tractor.

General admission to the event is $5. For those ages 3-12, it is $2. For those under age 3 it is free.

The non-profit, which opened in June 2010, is not solely geared toward children. Many older people come to the museum in order to reminisce about the way things used to be. Still, Morrow said, “children are a big portion of it.”

This is the non-profit’s second season in operation.

“It’s a museum that’s set up to teach kids about the rural and farm way of living from the 1850s to the 1950s,” Morrow said. “We’re showing the kids how their food was produced and where it comes from.”

The museum tries to educate in a practical way.

“We try to make everything interactive here so the children get hands-on experience,” Morrow said.

For more information, call 643-8052.

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