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Maasdam Barns to host event Thursday

May 08, 2018

The Fairfield Visitors Bureau is partnering with the Maasdam Barns committee to host a free event from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the barns.

The public can enjoy tours of the historic jewel, the Maasdam Barns, and folk music from singer-songwriter and storyteller Jeffrey Hedquist. Sweet ’n Saucy’s food truck will serve a limited quantity of complimentary barbecue.

The event is part of Travel and Tourism Week, established by a congressional resolution in 1983, which serves as the backdrop for the Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau to champion the impact tourism has on the economy and quality of life. Tourism week, which began Sunday and goes through Saturday, provides the catalyst to honor and recognize the tourism partners that contribute to the Fairfield experience.

The bureau is using Travel and Tourism week to highlight attractions and products that drive visitors. The tourism office is rolling out the “Be a Visitor in Your Own Backyard” campaign, which encourages residents to see Fairfield through the eyes of a visitor and experience the history, arts and culture and that is uniquely found among the cornfields in Fairfield and Jefferson County.

“We are excited to use this week as a springboard and shine a spotlight on the Maasdam Barns and other attractions and partners that drive tourism and make Fairfield a unique destination and place to live,” said Rustin Lippincott, director of the bureau. “We hope it serves as a reminder to appreciate what’s in our own backyard. We are fortunate to live in a community with the leadership, employees and volunteers that work tirelessly to position Fairfield as a unique travel destination.”

Lippincott and assistant director of the bureau, Terry Baker, commend the many hours the Maasdam Barns committee has spent learning the history, enhancing the grounds and buildings as well as raising the necessary funds required to get the barns prepared to demonstrate and provide hands on experiences to the agriculture history of Jefferson County.

“The barns have so much history between the walls and throughout the grove,” said Lippincott “If you have never been to the barns, or have been wanting to revisit, now is the time to learn about Maasdam family, and step back in time and live like a farmer and, of course, embrace an important part of Fairfield’s history.”

According to Tony Webb, president of the Maasdam Barns Board of Directors, the Maasdam Barns offer a perfect blend of the agriculture and industrial history of Fairfield and Jefferson County.

“The barn exhibits cover an extensive part of Fairfield’s history,” said Webb. “We have displays that tell the story of the Maasdam family and their champion draft horses. We also have the famous ‘Charter Oak’ farm wagons on site and an extensive history and display of Louden manufacturing, a Fairfield Company that was a major contributor to modern farming.”

Also part of Tourism Week is “Out to Lunch,” an invitation to visit the downtown for food and live music between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday. At 12:15 p.m. on the Ron Prill Bandstand, the bureau will announce the winners three tourism awards. The awards recognize employees who enhance visitors’ experience in town. The categories are lodging employees, restaurant employees and tourism volunteers.



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