Soap-making, candle-dipping, wheat flailing and butter churning are not the chores of most American children today.

Soap-making, candle-dipping, wheat flailing and butter churning are not the chores of most American children today.

Children and adults alike can try their hands at these daily tasks from the past at Old Time Harvest Day on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Volunteers from all over the state will populate Century Village at Fryer Park for the event hosted by the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department and the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, said Joan Eyerman, organizer and historical society member.

"It's probably 50 to 60 volunteers," Eyerman said. "We try to make it educational. All of us will be dressed in period clothing. The men wear straw hats and the women have bonnets or dust caps."

Ed Merritt, recreation superintendent, said the annual event is designed to give the younger generation a taste of what it was like 100 years ago.

"It's to give an idea of what life was like around the turn of the (20th) century, with hands-on activities, especially for the kids," Merritt said.

"There will be live animals, there will be small engines on display. They can see what it was like to get water out of a water pump instead of turning on the faucet."

Activities include quilting, weaving, soap making, wool carding and candling. The activities allow participants to create something they can take home. At the leather tooling station, children can craft a key chain or bookmark.

They can husk ears of corn, and shell a dry ear of corn and take it to a grinder.

Volunteers will teach how to make "church baby" dolls out of handkerchiefs and show children how to create Moravian stars and love knots.

"We want the family to come and have a hands-on experience with what the pioneer families had to do," Eyerman said. "The children are very proud of themselves when they do something. You really remember things when it's hands-on. To walk through things and see somebody doing it or reading about it doesn't make the same impression as if you were actually doing it."

Other activities will be demonstration only, such as chair caning, which Eyerman will demonstrate.

Century Village includes historical structures from the area and is open twice a month throughout the year. Old Time Harvest Day is the only event there that features an array of activities and demonstrations.

The only other large event held on site is the Civil War Encampment, which is typically held each spring and is focused on military history, Merritt said.

Merritt said the event appeals to a wide variety of age groups. Younger children such as his own, who are under 4, can color pictures of pioneers and enjoy petting the animals. Older ones can even research their family history at the genealogy table.

"It's a chance to do something a little different and learn a little history," Merritt said.

"With my little ones, it makes you thankful for everything that we have nowadays, the modern conveniences that we take for granted so often."

Old Time Harvest Day will run from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Century Village at Fryer Park.

Parking and admission are free.