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On Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, Wellington Farm USA will present their annual Sticky Buns Days Festival. Sticky Buns Days is a rather odd name for a festival but it has been going on for 24 years at the living history farm near Grayling. It all started as a joke. The park was in its’ infancy, festivals had not really been a part of their presentation. The staff was meeting to discuss possible special events which could be presented and at the same time were enjoying homemade sticky buns. As one member was munching his tasty treat he said, sort of as a ‘smart remark’, “Lets make sticky buns in the Summer Kitchen and call it a festival. That’s how it all got started, 24 years ago. Now, Sticky Buns Days is one of the most popular weekend events held annually at the historical park. And, true to its’ originality, sticky buns are made from scratch, the old fashioned way, in the Summer Kitchen, baked in a wood fired cook stove.
Throughout the entire two day event, interpreters, in period dress, will make sticky buns all day long. The flour comes from the Grist Mill, yeast from the front porch, nuts from the trees in the woods and the goooie stuff made from sorghum molasses and maple syrup. And the smell while they are baking in the woodstove is mouth watering. You can talk to the ladies, they’ll tell you all about the 1930’s and the Great Depression. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to snitch a taste or two.
Though the Summer Kitchen will be “Where it’s at!” the rest of the 60-acre living history farm will be up and running also. Stroll Crafter’s Allen and watch as rugs are woven, brooms are wound and baskets are created. Watch the blacksmith form pieces of iron into useful tools. Watch as the miller grinds wheat and barley into flour to be used to make the sticky buns. He may be grinding corn meal also. An enjoyable and educational day for the entire family can be had at Sticky Buns Days at Wellington Farm USA.
Wellington Farm USA is a 60-acre living history complex depicting life as it was lived in a Midwestern farming community during the Great Depression. The historical complex is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. Sunday hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
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.