Blacksmith Days to open Saturday

May 12, 2002

The annual Blacksmith Days will be held at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19.

The highlight of this year's event will be a demonstration by blacksmith Nol Putnam. He will demonstrate and discuss "Designing and Building a Garden Gate" from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with questions and answers from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, with questions and answers from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Other highlights include an Anvil in Wheelbarrow relay race from noon to 12:30 p.m. and an auction of items forged by area blacksmiths from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., both Saturday.

Sunday features an exchange of craft ideas, a silent auction of blacksmith work and equipment, both from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and a smithing contest between blacksmiths and farriers from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Tailgating begins at 8 a.m. both days, with sales of tools, books and blacksmiths' equipment. Food will be available for purchase both days.

The farmhouse will be open for guided tours; and the Living History Center, exhibit buildings and the General Store will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Artisans will demonstrate old-time skills.

Blacksmith Days is sponsored by the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland and the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Admission from 8 a.m. until closing is $12 at the gate or $10 in advance; admission is free for children ages 12 and younger. Farm Museum general admission is from noon until 5 p.m. and is $3 for adults; $2 for children 7 to 18 and for adults 60 and older; children age 6 and younger are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 410-922-1246 and asking for a registration form.

The Carroll County Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St. Information: 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667.

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