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Heritage Barn Tour includes local barns
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NEW GLARUS - On Saturday, Aug. 7, join barn history enthusiasts in a virtual Internet simulcast showcasing historic barns in five locations around the world.

The Heritage Barn Tour simulcast features two locations in Green County that can be visited on site.

Morning events are at Swiss Center of North America, 507 Durst Road, New Glarus. (608) 527-6565. The schedule includes:

8:30 a.m., refreshments and exhibitor set-up

8:50 a.m., welcome by SCNA Director Beth Zurbuchen

9 a.m., simulcast with virtual visits to the other barns located in Switzerland, Canada, and Pennsylvania.

10 a.m., break and networking

10:15 a.m., overview of Wisconsin Barn Preservation Program by Chuck Law

11 a.m., barn Preservation contractors and consultant fair; also booths related to ag history, farms, landscapes, and ag authors

Noon, lunch on your own

Noon to 5 p.m., featured barn locations open for tours.

The Hefty-Blum barn location will be hosting a special exhibit by artist Barb Cash with a series of historical paintings depicting step-by-step changes on the farm since 1848.

The Meinert barn location will be hosting several exhibits including Courthaus Quilters Mini Quilt Show, Green County Barn Quilts Project and Watercolor artist Debra Krebs who is often inspired by her memories of growing up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.

n 1:30 p.m., special program at the Hefty-Blum farm "Overview of Farm History and Cheesemaking" by cheesemaker Silvan Blum, and yodeling by Toni Blum-Seitz, the "Yodeling Baker."

Afternoon options

Participants can reserve a seat on the bus for a guided tour of featured Green County barn locations.

Along the way, see other barns of historic and architectural significance, and learn about the agricultural and ethnic history of the area.

Local historian Pete Etter will serve as the tour guide. The tour departs from New Glarus High School at 1 p.m. and returns at 5 p.m.

Participants can also choose to visit the barns on your own from noon to 5 p.m. Maps are available at SCNA and the barn locations, or online at

Featured Green County Barns include the Lauren Meinert barn at N3793 County M, west of Monroe, and the Hefty-Blum barn at W6303 Hefty Road, northwest of Monticello. Both are Cantilevered Forebay Bank barns.

Advance registration is required for the bus tour, and admission is $10 per person.

Registration is not necessary for the morning events or to visit the two featured locations on your own, but is necessary for the bus tour.

For more information about registering for the bus tour, call Green County UW-Extension at (608) 328-9440.