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Celebrate Harvest With The John R. Park Homestead

Tuesday October 15th, 2019, 11:00am


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A fall tradition takes place this weekend in the county to celebrate the bountiful harvest.

The John R. Park Homestead will welcome visitors on Sunday, October 20th to experience an old-fashioned fall celebration on the farm at the Harvest & Horses Festival.

From Noon until 4pm, the Homestead will host this popular fall festival, which combines all the elements of an old-fashioned fall harvest with the exciting opportunity to meet all varieties of horses, big and small.

The Festival’s main event, the Parade of Breeds, will feature a variety of pedigrees – from ponies and miniature horses to the largest draft breeds, each demonstrating their own special skills in the ring.

“Given the integral role horses played in farming well into the 1900s, they are a natural fit for the harvest event,” explained John R. Park Homestead Curator Kris Ives.

“What sets this event apart is the chance for visitors to get up close to meet the horses and their owners, and to see these incredible working animals in action,” said Ives. “The parade, which starts at 1:30pm sharp, will be a great opportunity to learn about what makes each of these breeds special.”

In addition, kids can also enjoy pony rides provided by Sarah Parks Horsemanship, and a chance to climb into a pumpkin carriage – an experience straight from the storybooks! Those interested in local agricultural history will be thrilled to watch a horse drawn equipment in action, as well as a display of pioneer-era harvest tools.

The event also offers visitors the chance to participate in traditional pioneer harvest and agricultural activities including cider pressing, apple drying, corn husk craft making, and more. “The Homestead is grateful for the support of Libro Credit Union – Kingsville Branch, who are sponsoring the hands-on agricultural activities for children this year,” says Ives. Families are also invited to watch a blacksmithing demonstration or listen to scary stories in the attic of the 1842 house. Visitors can enjoy all of this while listening to the old-timey fiddle tunes of local band Mike Houston and the Woodchoppers.

Hot lunch items, delicious snacks, and tasty beverages will be available for purchase during the festival at the local Bean’s Ladle food truck.

Event admission is $6 per adult, $4 per child, with a $20 family maximum. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chair for a seat during the parade of breeds, but please note that no dogs are allowed at this event. Service animals, as always, are welcome with supporting documentation.


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