Full moon barn raising planned for Saturday, Oct. 19 at Kelley Farm

n Minnesota Grange to host first major community event in half a century

The Oliver Hudson Kelley Grange will host “A Full Moon Barn Raising,” a community event aimed at continuing the revitalization and promotion of the Grange’s rich history.

This event, which will run from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Oliver Kelley Farm, will feature numerous activities, including a performance of modern arraignments of Minnesota folksongs by Julie Johnson & The No Accounts, seed art and hands-on craft station led by award-winning artist Ashley Fairbanks, a pickle smorgasbord, silent auction, and a virtual barn raising. The first 500 guests will receive door prizes.

Full Moon Barn Raising is slated for Oct. 19.
Full Moon Barn Raising is slated for Oct. 19.

“Barn raisings — the construction of a barn by neighbors — symbolize the community’s support of the individual,” says Grange Secretary Essie Robinson. “We adopted the theme of ‘barn raising’ because of its connotation to exciting community celebrations of the past, and as a muse in creating a modern fall tradition.”

A Full Moon Barn Raising takes place on the homestead of Minnesota Grange founder Oliver Kelley, who hosted the first Grange event on his farm in 1868. The Grange, founded 146 years ago, is the oldest agricultural organization in the nation. As a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, the Grange builds stronger communities through the history and practice of agriculture.

This 18-plus event will be held at the historic Oliver H. Kelley Farm, located at 15788 Kelly Farm Rd. N.W., Elk River. Admission is $10 with proceeds benefiting the OHK Grange’s mission of celebrating agricultural history and practice through educational programming, community service, and social events.

The Minnesota Historical Society, Marriot Hotels, Root Salons, and others partners have contributed generously to this event.

For more information, visit www.OHKgrange.org or go on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OHKgrange.events/1416865631866081