Mark your calendars now for Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 when Hochstetler Milling will be hosting its 5th Annual Log Cabin Days. Hours are 11am-7pm Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday. For those of you who attended last year you know what a fun-filled family event this is. Over 3,000 visitors from 25 states enjoyed events like the lumberjack competition, chainsaw carving, a silent craft auction, free seminars, booth displays, a mill and log home tour, plus plenty of good, old-fashioned outdoor cooking.

And, this year we’ve added “Log Home University,” a comprehensive and informative seminar presented by Rob Clutter, a writer for Log Home Living magazine, and a leading authority on log home planning and construction. If you’re thinking about building a log home you won’t want to miss this. There is a nominal charge for this seminar and seating is limited. Call 800-782-1253 to sign up.

Another highlight of Log Cabin Days is the self-guided auto tour, which affords people the rare opportunity to sample the log home lifestyle by touring several area log homes and viewing them inside-out, as well as talk to the owners. There is a small donation for the tour, $10.00 per couple or $15.00 per vehicle, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Free events will include a lumberjack show featuring axe-throwing, 2-man crosscut sawing, and wood chopping; chainsaw carving, hand-hewing and hand-peeling demonstrations; a petting zoo for the kids; educational seminars; booth displays pertaining to log home living; a log home raising; plus, a log home model, mill and kiln tour. Bill Dinkins, a Mansfield artist, will be giving a watercolor demonstration and also have a variety of paintings and photos of the great outdoors. And, be sure to sign up for a free packet of white pine seedlings and register to win a free chainsaw carving.

You’ll also have the opportunity to bid on a beautiful 72” base, Knotty Elder cabinet which fits the 13’x24’log cabin on the premises and an authentic Amish quilt, as well as numerous handmade items in the “silent auction.” If you’re interested in the log cabin, you can see highly-skilled Amish craftsmen build it and later bid on it Saturday at 4p.m. Contact us for more details, 419-368-0004.

This year’s lineup of free seminars will include Jennifer Cross of Farm Credit, who will address financing; Hochstetler Milling will talk about maintenance; Steve Lykins will discuss log home design; Gretchen Snyder will talk about interior design (Friday only); and Bill Dinkins will give you an overview of log species, profiles and packages in Log Basics 101.

Over 40 exhibitors will be on hand to answer your questions and show you a variety of products designed for your log home including interior and exterior stains, cabinets, rustic furniture and decorative furnishings,windows and doors. In addition, you can visit and talk with experienced log home builders about your dream log home. Once again, the “you’ve got to see it to believe it” log-stacking contest will be held. Builders will compete in the timed event with the winner carrying home a nice prize.

The entire family will enjoy the homestyle menu: homemade ice cream, kettle-cooked apple butter, bakedbeans, kettle corn, fresh-pressed apple cider from an antique press, and Amish baked goods. Mouth-watering barbequed chicken and noodles, potato salad, and desserts will be offered in the concession tent. An “EarlyBird” breakfast will be served Saturday morning at 7 a.m. and will include kettle-cooked scrambled eggs, bacon, stuffed sausage, pancakes and donuts, coffee or juice.

For additional infomation, call 419-368-0004.