Press Release Summary = The 8th annual Friends of Ohio Barns (FOB) Conference will be held in Mansfield, Ohio on March 30, 31 and April 1 2007. This educational event is cosponsored by FOB and Barn Again!. It has been designed for barn owners, enthusiasts, trades people, and historians interested in the preservation of these magnificent icons of Ohio agriculture.
Press Release Body = The 2 Ĺ day event will begin Friday morning with an all day chartered bus tour and inspection of seven barns in the Ashland/Richland County area. Saturday's activities will take place indoors at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield. The conference will conclude Sunday with a guided tour of the historic barns and new Visitors Center at Malabar Farm State Park.
Friends of Ohio Barns is a non-profit organization formed in 2001 to promote awareness of the significance of Ohio's older barns. The urban growth and development of our state coupled with the changes in agriculture practices, farm downsizing, increased costs and lack of repairs has had a significant impact on barns throughout the state. These factors are threatening the future existence of our historic farm buildings.
The FOB quarterly newsletter, annual conference and website help keep members and other interested individuals informed about practical and fiscally responsible ways to conserve and maintain their barns. The organization helps bring barn stewards and repair specialists together by working with other groups like the OSU Extension Service, Barn Again! in Ohio, The National Barn Alliance and the Ohio Historical Society.
The annual Ohio Barn Conference is held in different areas of the state each year and has toured many magnificent and sometimes under appreciated barn structures. Numerous folks have been enlightened by historians, trades people, and experts knowledgeable in barn repair and preservation. This year's theme is "Ohio Barns Built by the Trades" with special emphasis by experienced craftspeople who are involved in maintaining the beautiful workmanship that originally went into building the beautiful old structures that still dot the landscape.
Friday's optional day long bus tour of seven of Ashland & Richland Counties wonderful barns will be hosted by two extremely knowledgeable and respected barn repair, rehab design and construction professionals. Lunch that day will be at The Mohican Gardens ,a greenhouse converted into a Restaurant for the day.
Presentations and activities Saturday will include: Keynote speaker Rudy Christian, Photography of barns for pleasure and preservation, a wood identification contest, Historic Barn Restoration by Tom Ambrose, Agriculture Easements by Katie Myers, Barn Repair Tax Incentives, Political Support for Barns by Bob Gibbs, and hands on demonstrations of barn repair and construction crafts such as Roofing, Lime Mortar and Stonework by local craftsmen. The well respected Barn Detectives, Larry Sultzer and Rudy Christian, will discuss what was seen and learned on the previous day's barn tour. A Barn Repair Panel consisting of experienced trades people and FOB members will field questions from the audience. Hands on demonstrations of typical barn repair work will take place throughout the day. In the evening there will be a silent auction, live entertainment and presentation of the Barn of the Year Awards.
One annual Barn of the Year Award is awarded for selected barns in each of two categories, Continued Agricultural Use and Adaptive Reuse. Barn owners, barn enthusiasts and historical societies throughout Ohio are encouraged to submit nominations. Included should be as much information as is available: photos, current owners name, location of the barn, present use, history of the old barn, age and builder if known, as well as information on repairs made and on the individual(s) who did the work. Deadline for nominations is March 10th, 2007. All info is to be sent to: Dan Troth, Friends of Ohio Barns, 7591 Perry Rd., Delaware, Oh 43015 or e-mail same with attached photos to email@example.com.
Sunday activities will begin with breakfast at Malabar Farm State Park. After which barn topology expert Tim Anderson will explain who the local barn builders were and how and why the types of barns in the Ashland area developed as they did. Participants will then take a guided tour of the Park's barns and new Visitor's Center. There will be over 100 barn photos and information concerning Ashland County's recently completed barn survey on display in the Big Barn. Also included will be progress reports from 3 other Ohio counties now in the process of documenting their barn census. The conference will end prior to lunch Sunday.
Reservations for lodging should be made directly with the Holiday Inn, Mansfield (Mention FOB to get conference rates) or with other local hotels. Please contact Friends of Ohio Barns at their website http://ohiobarns.osu.edu for more information and conference registration or send an e-mail to FriendsOhioBarns@aol.com.