City dwellers who want to get a firsthand look at the country life can take the self-guided annual Mercer County Country Tour next weekend.
Tour hours are 1 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and self-guiding maps are available at many municipal buildings, libraries, agricultural businesses and the Mercer County Cooperative Extension office on U.S. Route 19 just north of Mercer. The seven stops on this year's tour represent the agricultural industry and the rural community of the county. Smoking is discouraged at all locations. Agriculture continues to be a leading industry in the county with annual sales of products reaching nearly $58 million.
U Fairview Cheese, 1734 North Perry Highway (U.S. Route 19), Fredonia. The business manufactures 7.5 million pounds of Swiss cheese annually from 84 million pounds of milk.
UPete and Elaine Leise's family farm, 50 Redfoot Road, Greenville. The farm has a Holstein and Jersey dairy cattle herd of 350 animals.
UChris and Sandy Pilgram Farm, Pilgram and Eich roads, Fredonia. The farm has a 50-head beef cattle herd and corn, soybeans and wheat are the main crops produced there.
UPilgram Corn Maze, Eich Road, Fredonia. The 10-acre corn maze, done in the shape of the ship, The Mayflower, is open for public entertainment.
UClarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road (state Route 358), Hadley: Food and restroom stop. Church members will serve lunch including vegetable soup, chili, hamburgers, hot dogs, cake and pie.
*Wilhelm Winery, 590 Georgetown Road, Hadley. This is Mercer County's first and only winery and is on the site of an old still operated during Prohibition.
UMaurice K. Goddard State Park, Sandy Lake. This 2,856-acre park features an Environmental Learning Center as well as fishing, boating, picnicking and other activities.
Source: Mercer County Country Tour Committee