The annual Berne Heritage Festival will be held at Swiss Heritage Village and Museum this Saturday from 9 a.m-5 p.m.
The event will feature children’s games, senior activities, and visitors may be invited to spin wool, churn butter, or shell corn with a hand crank sheller.
Organizers said living history demonstrations will begin with pioneer activities, sawmill demonstrations, an 1840 fur traders camp, and a Civil War camp. Artisans will demonstrate how early settlers made rope, cut logs, washed clothes, quilted blankets and made cheese, organizers added.
Entertainment will begin at noon, with music provided by the Harmony String Band, the Asbury Bells, the Civil War musical group and the Jay County Community Band.
Food will be available.
The world’s largest cider press will be conducting the “big squeeze” beginning at 3 p.m. with samples available for a small donation. Cheese will be made in the historic cheese house beginning at 10 a.m.
Admission to the event is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Those with a Swiss Heritage membership pass will be admitted free.
The annual Education Day at Swiss Heritage Village & Museum will be held on Friday, September 7. This event is by reservation only for fourth-graders and will include nearly 1,700 students from six counties in Indiana, as well as a few from Ohio.
Education Day provides the students first-hand knowledge of our cultural heritage by promoting learning through discovery as they tour historic buildings and play games enjoyed by their ancestors.
The Swiss Heritage Society will hold it second annual fundraising auction on Sept. 11.
The event will be held in the big tent at Swiss Heritage Village beginning at 5 p.m. Viewing of items begins at 3 p.m.
Many items will be available including a new motor scooter donated by Moser Motors, Smith Brother’s furniture, a Hitzer gas grill and other items. Proceeds to be used by Swiss Heritage to finance Education Day activities and maintain the society’s historic structures.