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Fall Festival Fun

October 7, 2010
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There’s a lovely historic farm in our town that the community has worked hard to restore and have put on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s comprised of a lovely farmhouse, restored outbuildings and 20 acres of land that includes a large garden, windmill and a few grape vines.

This last weekend was their annual farm festival, which is a fundraiser for the farm. They have pumpkins for sale, a pumpkin carving contest, wagon rides and food. It was a gorgeous day for it and the kids and I had a lot of fun – as did a few hundred other people from the area, they had a great turnout!

The kiddo got to try his hand at grinding corn in an old-fashioned grinder.

Next, he turned an old apple grinder

And helped make fresh-pressed juice. Yum!

There were pumpkins galore.

Already picked pumpkins that you could buy right off the flatbed.

Or you could go out to the patch in the garden and look for your own. I liked this camouflaged bumpy pumpkin.

This past summer, the farm had a historic windmill raised in the garden area.

There were a few fall blooms left in the garden, but most of them were already past their prime.

There’s a lovely Italiante-style farmhouse on the property. Built in 1881, it’s under renovation and restoration to show what it would have looked like in the early part of the 20th century. The family associated with the farm had kept portraits, letters and other furnishings that have been placed in the house to give the history of the house. It’s fun to see how they lived 100+ years ago.

There was a horse-drawn wagon ride that went around the farm.

The wagon ride was very popular and we had to wait in line for a while. Luckily, the kidlet and Papa (my dad) had fun while waiting.

My sweetheart.

Golden corn about ready for harvesting.

View of the barn and all the people from the wagon ride.

A close-up of the barn

There was a neat little picture area that the farm had set up. The kids were surprisingly cooperative with the photo-taking, though the sun in their eyes made it hard to keep them open for long.

Everyone had a great time, and we brought home a few pumpkins to decorate and carve later.

It’s at activities like this that I really appreciate moving back here. I know there were opportunities in our previous city, but here we ran into quite a few people we knew who hadn’t heard we’d moved back yet and they were all excited to hear the news. I even dropped my favorite pair of sunglasses while we were exploring the garden area and they had been turned in by someone. Now I just have to convince the kiddos that they don’t have this every weekend.

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