This spring, we reissued Riley Farm-Rhymes by Hoosier poet and Greenfield native James Whitcomb Riley. First published in 1883, this book includes many of Riley's signature poems, including "Thoughts fer the Discuraged Farmer" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Our publication faithfully reproduces the 1905 edition with fellow Greenfield native Will Vawter's folksy illustrations of farm scenes from the past.
To celebrate the the reissue of the book, the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum in Greenfield is hosting “Ag Day” this Saturday, August 31, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and will feature several kid-related activities, including a petting zoo with farm animals, a watermelon seed spitting contest, a soil project, a planting activity, an herb activity, information about ag safety, and more. The first 100 kids will receive a free farmer’s hat.
The event will be held in the gardens behind the museum. Many farming, gardening, and agricultural related groups and organizations will be in attendance, including the Eastern Hancock FFA, the Hancock County Herb Society, the Master Gardeners, Harvest Land Co-op, and others. There will also be an antique tractor on display and demonstrations of old-fashioned farming techniques. Copies of Riley Farm-Rhymes will also be available for purchase at the event.
The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home will be open for tours that day at the standard admission price: $4.00 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $1.50 for youths (6-17), and children under age 6 are free. Group tours and reservations are also available. For more information about the Riley Boyhood Home, call 317-462-8539 or visit its website.