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Get a Taste of the Past at Plagman Barn Show Days Near Garber!
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Get a Taste of the Past at Plagman Barn Show Days Near Garber!

As the breeze becomes crisper and the leaves begin to fall, the communities of Clayton County are full of events and festivals that make our county unique. From art festivals to celebrations of heritage, each weekend is full of fun and excitement. Just outside Garber in the countryside lies a barn that is open a few days out of the year to demonstrate what farming was like when their ancestors worked the land. Plagman Barn will be opening its doors September 15-17 this year to host countless demonstrations, feature live music, and provide delicious food you can only get at the Plagman Barn.

As I walked past the barn gates, the sound of country music resonated across the barn grounds. I could watch people travel through the Country Market, and watch others marvel at the live demonstrations. To preserve the history of farming the way our ancestors did, the Plagman Barn’s mission has been to showcase antique farming equipment and teach the people how people farmed and crafted before the advancement of technology the way we know it today.

I walked by the blacksmithing demonstration and was captured by the nature of the craft. As the blacksmith hammered the red-hot iron on the anvil, bright orange sparks flew out from either side as the metal was worked into its finished product. Children were in awe at the demonstration, and I could tell it was probably their favorite of the day. Just beyond the blacksmith was a logging demonstration, and the aroma of cedar wood become more potent with each step closer to the saw. It was a very warm scent-- like being in a cabin, surrounded by the smell of the logs while a fire crackled in the fireplace.

With another lap around the grounds, I noticed a long line extending from a single, small building. It made me very curious, naturally, so I hopped into the line and peeked ahead to see what was so exciting. As the line inched along, I finally made it inside the building and was greeted with the sweet aroma of freshly fried goodies. It had been a homemade doughnut demonstration. Presenters were sharing how the treats were made, and selling them at the other end of the building. As I marveled at the baking of the pastries, the woman at the fryer offered me a fresh one straight from the fryer. When I took my first bite, the soft, sugary doughnut was like a delicate pillow of dough-- soft, airy, and absolutely delicious. When I made it to the end of the line, I bought two dozen to take home and share with family and friends.

The Plagman Barn Show Days are always great for family fun and getting a taste of what farming was like back in the day. There’s never a dull moment at the Plagman Barn.


Written by Jayna Felder | Photo Credit to The Gazette


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