Lake Metroparks Farmpark to Host Fall Harvest Weekends

This fall, area residents can experience what goes on in the harvest and gain a new appreciation for farming through hands-on activities and demonstrations during themed weekends September 24-October 16 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. .

Visitors can witness the power of horse and tractor-drawn harvesting equipment and the roar of muscle cars of yesteryear during Horsepower Weekend at Lake Metroparks Farmpark on September 24-25.

“The whole weekend is about focusing and showing the progression of farming, from workers to animals to machines over the years, which has made it all happen,” Andy said. McGovern, Farmpark event manager, in a press release.

On September 24, there will be demonstrations of animal traction and antique to modern tractors using a wide range of implements that have helped farmers over the years, including a 1930s Avery thresher that provided faster removal seeds from corn stalks and husks.

On September 25, the event changes gears as Farmpark kicks off its third annual car and truck show from 1 to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Come see and hear the roar and power of car and truck engines come to life.

On both days, attendees can experience the power first-hand as they take the reins to plow behind one of Farmpark’s draft teams.

Also on both days, visitors can see vintage tractors and agricultural equipment exhibits and demonstrations such as corn milling, the statement said.

Farmpark will also unveil its new outdoor arena located next to the arena. This new facility will allow Farmpark to host riding and driving clinics, demonstrations and competitions such as barrel racing, working and light horse driving, dressage as well as other agricultural activities .

Those who venture to Lake Metroparks Farmpark on October 1 and 2 will have a front-row seat to see how apple butter and apple cider are created. (News-Herald file).

Then, on October 1 and 2, Farmpark continues the harvest season with an Apple Weekend, as attendees can experience how apple butter and cider are made during Apple Butter & Cider Weekend. They can also help make the products as well as taste them.

“Having a mix of apples makes for the best cider with a good mix of sweet and tart,” Valerie Reinhardt, Farmpark’s horticulture manager, explained in the release.

Then, Corn and Pumpkin Weekend will still be October 8-9 and October 15-16.

This popular weekend offers a range of family activities centered around the fall harvest – including pumpkin bowling, the statement said. Participants can also wrap and attach corn husks to create their own old-fashioned corn husk doll.

During each weekend, visitors can enjoy harvest-themed crafts and other harvesting activities and demonstrations. Children can also enjoy a ride on the barrel train.

Food will be on site and the Corny Apple Bar will have corn and apple related items for purchase. On Sundays there will be freshly made soups, mostly from home-grown ingredients.

Visitors are also invited to test their directional skills as they follow winding paths that lead to intersections where they must decide which direction to take next through the 3-acre corn maze.

Fall harvest-themed weekends run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are included with $6-$8 Farmpark admission. Farmpark members, children under 2, and active military personnel and their families receive free admission.

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Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland.

Farmpark’s mission is to provide a connection to our farming roots while helping people understand where our food and clothes come from, the statement said. In addition to fall harvesting activities, visitors can experience hands-on milking with dairy cows, watch equine demonstrations, watch a border collie herding sheep, ride a horse-drawn wagon or tractor, meet other farm animals and more.

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