The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 26, 2013

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center hosts Family Farm Day

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — David Russell is a man who appreciates a kiss from a charming young lady.

When auctioneer Cody Joliff promised bidders at the pie auction during Family Farm Day at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center that the single young woman who held an apple pie up to be  sold, probably would give a kiss to the buyer, Russell decided that prospect was dandy.

Russell bid $40 on the pie Cailey Henderson held up for bidders to see.

As Henderson brought the pie to hand it over to Russell, he smiled and told her, “I want the kiss.”

Henderson gave him a kiss on the cheek.

“The selling point was the kiss that went with it,” Russell said.

The most expensive pie was a pecan pie bought for $120 from Andy Martin.

Over 200 people came to the museum Saturday to learn about family farms and how the world of agriculture looked during earlier days.

Children shelled corn with a hand-cranked machine, shook jars of cream to turn it into butter, learned to make corn-husk dolls, watched small pigs feast on grain and goats grazing grass, watched chickes strutting and pecking in a pen, and learned about planting vegetables and wheat.

Children got to decorate pumpkins, gluing on ribbon and using markers to draw faces.

Volunteer Sheila Green held up a milking machine attachment and asked a girl, “Do you know what this is?”

The girl shook her head.

“This is what Braum’s uses to milk their cows,” Green said. “They hook it up to the cow and get all the milk and they put it in this milk carton, and you go get it at the Braum’s store.”

On the porch of the Glidewll House, volunteers Sandy Clark and Lori Carroll dressed in turn-of-the-century costume and dipped apples for a never-ending line of sparkly-eyed children.

Inside the Glidewell House, children made “quilts” by gluing fabric scraps onto paper.