- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Events planned for this month and October put the spotlight on Michigan’s historic barns and agriculture.

The Lansing State Journal reports ( http://on.lsj.com/1pLlsIa ) that there is growing interest in preserving old barns as part of the state’s agriculture heritage.

Mason County in western Michigan will kick off two new self-guided driving tours of agriculture sites on Sept. 19. And the Michigan Barn Preservation Network is holding a self-guided driving tour of five historic barns on Oct. 11 in Tuscola County in Michigan’s Thumb.

That’s not all. A new, 10-stop Quilt Barn Trail is being developed in Mason County. It features historic barns decorated with large quilt squares. There also is an Agricultural Trail that features 17 stops, including an elk ranch, dairy farm, winery, farmers market and orchards.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com