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Sticky Buns Day, the oldest special event to be held at Wellington Farm USA will take place on Saturday, June 27. Sticky Buns Day began back in 1998 as the first special event held at the living history farm, and it’s still one of the most popular events to be held there. The origin of the event was a staff meeting as members were trying to plan special events that might attract more visitors when someone said, “Ah, let’s just make sticky buns in the summer kitchen!”
Wellington Farm USA depicts life as it was lived in a typical Mid-western farming community during the Great Depression. In 1932 times were really tough, the economy was at an all time low, banks were closed, unemployment was at an all time high so desserts at meals were rare. But on occasion, the mother would make sticky buns as a special treat. She could do that because almost everything that goes into the manufacture of those delectable biscuits comes right from the farm. The yeast is captured on the front porch, the flour is ground in the grist mill, the nuts come from the nut trees in the forest, the butter comes from the churn and the sweet ingredients come from maple syrup, maple sugar and honey. The only thing that had to be purchased at the store was a pinch of salt and a bit of cinnamon.
On Sticky Buns Day at Wellington Farm USA, they are still made that same way, and they’re baked in a wood fired cook stove in the summer kitchen. And the aroma of those buns baking in the oven is long remembered! Visitors on Sticky Buns Day can watch the entire process.
Needless to say, the Corona Virus has caused many changes to be made at the living history complex near Grayling. Wellington Farm USA apologizes for any inconvenience the changes in programming may have caused, but the ultimate goal is to provide the best historical and educational experience possible while still keeping all visitors and interpreters safe.
Wellington Farm, USA is located at 6944 S. Military Road southwest of Grayling. The farm is easily accessed from either Exit 251 of I-75 or Exi206 of US-127.