LOUDONVILLE — Shorter days cooler temperatures and sweet apple cider usher in the fall season, and with it Log Cabin Days at Hochstetler Log Homes, Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. This year the highlight of the event will be the log home tour, where visitors are able to go through up to 12 log homes and discover the casual, relaxing lifestyle that characterizes log home living. This self-guided tour is available for a small donation to the American Cancer Society.

The two-day free family event also will include demonstrations of lumberjack, ax throwing, wood chopping and cross-cut sawing; 19th century log home related trades such as hand hewing, wood carving, furniture making, gun building, spinning and rug braiding; log home building; most will encourage audience participation; a lineup of seminar speakers; over 40 booth exhibits containing log home style furnishings, builders and craftsmen; a silent auction for a multitude of handmade items including an authentic Amish quilt; a vintage steam engine and sawmill in operation.

Seminars will include log home financing; log home designing; log basics 101, what you need to know in order to get started; Finding land, hints on finding that dream property; and log home maintenance. These seminars cover almost every area of log home construction and planning and are free.

Kids will enjoy Log Cabin Days as much as the adults with the petting zoo giving them a chance to visit, up close, animals like a pony, calf, puppies, rabbits and kittens. Or, they can play "gold-digger" and sift through shavings for small trinkets and coins, or take their first pony ride. Others may join the families for a relaxing covered wagon ride through the woods and the food tent with an array of authentic old-fashioned food, including barbecue chicken, noodles, potatoes salad, baked beans and a variety of pies. There is also homemade ice cream, fry pies, fresh–squeezed apple cider, apple butter and kettle-cooked popcorn. Additionally there will be fresh produce; locally made Amish Swiss cheese and trail bologna; plus assorted jams jellies, honey and maple syrup.

Hours for Log Cabin Days are Friday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hochstetler Log Homes is at 552 Ohio 95, Loudonville. Most events are free.