Oliver Kelley Farm Offers Great Visuals During Grand Opening Celebration May 6 & 7

For immediate release

Release dated: 
April 19, 2017
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148. jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Oliver Kelley Farm Offers Great Visuals During Grand Opening Celebration May 6 & 7

The Oliver Kelley Farm will celebrate its newest facilities, expanded programming and more with a weekend full of activities May 6 & 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

The weekend includes live musical performances, favorite farm animals, chef demos, an antique steam engine tractor and plenty of time for kids to get dirty outside during spring on the farm. 

Media are welcome to visit during the Grand Opening Celebration and speak with staff and visitors. Visit the new Oliver Kelley Farm website for the latest updates on the Grand Opening Celebration and other events and programming at the historic site.

Grand Opening Celebration Schedule 
(All activities take place both Saturday and Sunday, except where noted)

Ongoing, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.​

  • Free Kelley Farm bandannas, Visitor Center
  • Make-and-take seed planting, Visitor Center
  • Make-and-taste vinaigrette activity, Visitor Center
  • Button-making, Deal Classroom in Visitor Center
  • Celebratory carrot cake, Kelley Annex
  • Curbside Chicken food truck
  • 11:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Live music on the Visitor Center patio

  • Saturday: Roe Family Singers
  • Sunday: The OK Factor

10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Historical games, Historic Farmstead yard

11 a.m., 12:30, 2 & 3:30 p.m.
Steam engine tractor fired up, near Farm Lab Crops

11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.
Meet the History Hound, Kelley Annex

1 & 2:30 p.m.
Chef demos, Q&A and author book signing, Learning Kitchen

3 p.m.
Where Do I Get My Food? dialogue, Visitor Center

About the Oliver Kelley Farm
Oliver Kelley and his family began farming on the banks of the Mississippi in 1850. He went on to found the first successful national farming organization, the National Grange of the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange, in 1867. Today the Oliver Kelley Farm is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and “the birthplace of organized agriculture in America.” At the site, visitors can explore agricultural history from the 1860s to modern day through machinery, cropland, animals and more.

The farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. For more information, call 763-441-6896 or visit www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm.

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