With the start of fall, our One Tank Trip series is taking a look at some interesting barns in
the area. Our first stop brings us to Hastings where a barn festival brings in hundreds.
For the last 15 years, The Barn, located just south of Hastings, swings open its doors for the barn festival.
"It's a lot of hard work but once it's here, it's a lot of fun. It's nice to once a year see all the people that come out and get to know them and see them over and over again," said owner Brian Anders.
Hundreds come from all over every year to the home of Brian and Marla Anders to buy candles and crafts to get ready for the upcoming seasons.
"They enjoy coming out to the country, being in the open air, hearing the music. It seems
like it's kind of relaxing really," said Marla.
The festival began with crafts and candles made by Brian and Marla. Now it's grown to include outside vendors, concerts on sunday, and the best food to ever come from a barn.
"Everyone loves our lunches. Everything is homemade and we have wonderful desserts and then they love going to the other buildings."
The Barn Candle Company keeps the anders busy throughout the rest of the year. They attribute their success to working together.
"We think so much alike that a lot of times, things just kind of happen. Before she asks, I
know what she's going to ask, it works well," Brian said.
For two weekends in September, The Barn comes alive with the sights and scents of Fall.
The Barn Festival runs September 25 - 27, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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