Bring the whole family for a ‘Good Ol’ Time’ at Barn Daze

Bring the whole family for a ‘Good Ol’ Time’ at Barn Daze

Barn Daze returns to Orion Township on Saturday, a chance to celebrate a unique piece of area history with fun and games for the entire family.
This year’s celebration includes plenty of activities including a hay maze, hay wagon rides, pony rides, petting farm, carnival/children games, inflatable bouncer (socks required), farmers market, food and more.
Barn Daze is 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. September 17 at Friendship Park on the corner of Baldwin and Clarkston Roads.
There is a $5 parking fee for vehicles, or $15 per bus.
Barn Daze commemorates The Porritt Barn, a gothic structure built in the 1920’s in the style of a “gentleman’s barn,” according to information provided by the Orion Township Community Programs Department.
The Porritt family, farmers and cattle breeders and one of the founding families of Orion Township, built the barn on what is now the corner of M-24 and Silverbell roads.
Through the joint effort of the Orion Historical Society and the Orion Township Parks and Recreation Dept., the Porritt Barn was relocated to Friendship Park.
Then on September 9, 2000, volunteers came together to physically pull the ropes that once again raised the walls and roof in an “old fashioned barn raising.” Barn Daze is an annual celebration of this unique piece of Orion
Township history.
Contact the Orion Township Community Programs Department at 248.391.0304 ext. 305, or visit the Orion Township website at www.oriontownship.org for details. – J.N.