It’s a hot, dry summer afternoon in a Searsmont farmer’s sweeping north field. After raking the last of the hay into long rows with his wooden rake, he pitches it into the hayrack. Then he clucks to his team of workhorses, urging them home.

Through the winter, he uses his hay saw to cut sections of the packed hay, throwing them down from the loft and then using a wooden pitchfork to toss the hay into his hungry livestock’s cribs.

The Searsmont Historical Society has just finished construction of a new post-and-beam barn to showcase its collection of local farm tools — including hay making equipment — as well as components from local mills, transportation equipment, and other historic items too large for the showroom in the Searsmont Community Center next door.

Now they are inviting the community to join them as they roll open the doors and show this new building to the public at a barn dedication event Saturday, May 28. The event will feature a delicious pig roast by Jenness Robbins, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, dancing to the lively sounds of the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, and a special reunion of the Searsmont Street Band. It will be a time to thank everyone who contributed to the barn, and to welcome neighbors.

Stop by on Saturday, May 28 at 5 p.m. for the barn dedication at the Searsmont Community Center, and be sure to buy your tickets in advance as the historical society is expecting a sell-out event.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and are available at the Fraternity Village Store in Searsmont; Brambles in Belfast; from Goldy at the Belfast Co-Op; at Paolina’s Way in Camden; or from Society members. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.