Preserving the intricate crafts of a bygone era will be the theme for the Sixteenth Annual Old Time Gathering, at Dodge County Fairgrounds, Beaver Dam on Saturday, September 13 from 9am-4pm.  The event is free to the public.

Buckskinners Candle Making

Scheduled events will include the Heartland Rock’n Country Dancers to perform at 10:00 am, the Swingin Beaver’s Square dancers to perform at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, and the Folklore Village dancers to perform at noon and 2:30 pm.  The Fiddle Magic Players will also be on the grounds. Bring an old instrument and join in on the music making.

Throughout the day, there will be demonstrations, hands-on opportunities and old time crafts.  The exhibits found in the Youth Building will include spinning, weaving, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, braided rugs, wool hooking, quilting, stitchery, chair caning, herbs and healing, basket weaving, rosemaling, trapping, butter making, and much, much more.  The Dodge County Master Gardeners will be joining us again this year.

In the Youth Building, there will be old time tools, toys & trains, as well as make-and-take, pumpkin decorating and make-and-take cookie decorating. Old time games will be played all day. 4-H is planning a centennial celebration that will include hands on activities as well as a beautiful display of artifacts from throughout history.

This is our seventh Pie Contest.  Bring homemade fruit and other pies to the Youth Building by 10:00 am, judging is at 11:00 am and cash prizes will be awarded.  The pies are donated to the Old Time Gathering.  The Pie Social begins at 12:30 pm.  Pie walks will be held at 12:45 pm and 1:45 pm.

Buckskinners BlacksmithingThere will be a Kiddie Barrel Train running throughout the day.

Barbara Harvey will have her Birds of Prey display in the Open Class Exhibit Building.

The Dodge County Antique Power Show will have several old time exhibits and will provide wagon rides free.

On the west end of the fairgrounds, the Buckskinners will be in period costume and teepees.  Their old time crafts will include blacksmithing, cooking, black powder cannons, candle making, trade goods, flint napping, and fire starting.  They will be demonstrating various crafts and have wares for sale.  In the Buckskinners’ encampment, there will also be spinning and tomahawk throwing.