Barker offers old-fashioned fun that’s easy on the wallet!

The little Village of Barker is strutting its stuff this weekend as part of a year-long celebration of its 100th birthday! I’m inviting families to come out and enjoy some small-town “Summer Splendor.” We won’t have birthday cake but you can get a great hot dog for a buck, yummy peach shortcake or sundaes or even a “taco-salad-in-a-bag” or a giant dill pickle on a stick (the Picklesicle). Popcorn, red candied apples, sno-cones, fudge, cotton candy and old fashioned treats will be there.

Shop the farmer’s market and get fresh Amish baked goods, fruits and vegetables, goat’s milk beauty products, herbs, maple syrup, fresh garlic, black angus beef for your freezer and more. There’ll be wood crafts, quilted goods, tee shirts, jewelry, Avon, Tastefully Simple and who knows what other goodies. You can purchase a CD containing a slide show of historic photos of Barker and Somerset through the years or notecards with the Barker Centennial train station logo.

Longing for the old days? See demonstrations of spinning, weaving, woodworking and hand quilting and paintings by local artist C. Gordon Porter. Catch the library display of historic local photos and a 1950s aerial view of Barker. A quilted wall hanging made up of ties worn by villagers through the years will be on display. I’ll be handing out old-fashioned wooden nickels with our Centennial logo to our visitors (as long as they last). So what if the temperature is in the 80s? We have a lovely shady park and you’ll even see some folks in old-fashioned clothes (and we’re even awarding prizes for period dress). Plop down on a hay bale and enjoy the trip back in time to slower days.

Local cooks will bring fruit pies, quick-breads, jams and jellies and pickles to vie for Top Chef medals. For the kids there will be a free bounce house and petting zoo. If they walk or pedal in the Kiddy Parade at 11:30 a.m. they’ll get a flag, a Centennial Wooden Nickel and ten free game tickets to use in the game tent. Stick around for the the sack races and egg and spoon races (three-legged race and water balloons for adults) at 3 p.m. We’ll have a medal ceremony just like the Olympics! Then, join in an old-fashioned “Cake Walk” to win goodies from our home cooks!!

We’ve got the Fiddlesticks bringing LIVE old-fashioned music from noon to 2 p.m. and you can learn to square dance on Main Street (no partner necessary)! And that’s just Saturday! On Sunday we have a Barker Lion’s Chicken BBQ, roasted sweet corn.  Enjoy a Barbershop Quartet, the Barker Community Band and harpist Donna Aiken in our gazebo for free, with horse-drawn carriage rides through the village and a chance to visit a local model railroad display the kids will love! If it rains on Sunday, we’ll move the whole shebang over to our Barker Fire Hall. So, what are you waiting for? The price is right, the welcome mat is out, and you’ll like it here! Barker Village Park, Quaker Rd. (Route 148 ) at Main St.

Saturday:10 a.m. to 4 p.m

*Ties that Bind quilt on display in the gazebo. *Historical photo display in the Barker Library (the old train station)

*Old Fashioned Farm Market

*Local artists on display- Gordy Porter

*Spinning, weaving, quilting and woodworking demonstrations

*Top Chef Contest!


*For the kids: 10 to 3- Free Bounce House (closed during parade)

             Game tent 12-3: Craft table (bug mat weaving!), Ring Toss, Bean Bag Toss, Hit-the-cans,Tattoos            

             10-1- free Lakeview Animal Sanctuary petting zoo; pony rides for small donation to animal rescue

* BIG Chinese auction to benefit the American Cancer Society- by the Barker Soda Jerks



11:30 A.M. Kiddy Parade! From the post office to Church, to Quaker and back to the park.

Free flags and keepsake to each entrant; cash prizes foin several categories.


12 to 2 p.m. Fiddlesticks- fiddlers will be playing and teaching square dancing right on Main Street in front of the gazebo!


3 p.m.  Food Winners announced. (judging at 2 p.m.)


3 p.m. GAMES!

            Sack Race- kids         Three-legged race-teens/adults

            Egg in Spoon- kids     Water balloons-teens/adults


4 p.m. Auction Draw- winner need not be present. Tix-$5 per card/25



SUNDAY, August 24th    1 to 4 p.m.

Barker Village Park


 1 p.m. Barker Lions Chicken Barbecue with corn.

    ½ chicken beans, roll & butter, ear of roasted corn.

    $7.50 pre-sale $8 at door- limited to 200 tickets from Julie, Barker Store or village hall.   


 Free horse-drawn carriage rides through Village, Harold’s Train Display open


In the Gazebo:

1:30 p.m.Eddie Eggert’s Barbershop Quartet

2 p.m. Barker Community Band, featuring the new “Barker Centennial March” written by Amrom Chodos.

Donna Aiken, Harpist


Chinese Auction to benefit the Barker Free Library

Drawing at 3:30 p.m.- winners need not be present.


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