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Fall Harvest Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Aug 22, 2016 02:27PM ● By Today's Family

Pressing apples for apple cider is just one of the many activities that you can do at Fall Harvest Weekends. Photo by Earl Linaburg.

This fall, Lake Metroparks Farmpark will continue its long-standing tradition of celebrating the harvest season with four weekends of fall harvest activities beginning September 24 & 25 and continuing through October 15 & 16.

Each weekend features an aspect of farming and harvest, and visitors enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities that are part of Farmpark’s harvest traditions.  On all weekends, little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through a farm maze, navigate the hay maze and play in the kids areas.  Find all five Corny Olympic events located within the twists and turns of the three-acre corn maze and complete the activity posted.  On some weekends, visitors can help grind apples and press cider as well as taste apple cider, apple butter and harvest soup!

At Farmpark’s Fall Harvest Weekends visitors can participate in special experiences including learning how to drive a horse, fishing at the pond pavilion and helping hand crank and taste ice cream with different harvest flavors.  Each weekend will also have a different focus on some aspect of farming and harvest.  September 24 & 25 will feature the Antique Tractor Show.  Have your picture taken on one of Farmpark’s antique tractors and discover how tractors were designed to power farm equipment as we grind corn and thresh grain.  Local antique tractor and farm engine enthusiasts will show off their carefully restored tractors that illustrate the evolution of tractors in the 20th century.  Young visitors can test their own power for tractors on our kiddie tractor pull or provide the power on a kid-powered treadmill.

Apple butter and apple cider will be the focus on October 1 & 2.  Toss apples into and turn the crank on the apple press and watch apple cider come out.  Sample apple cider, apple butter and a variety of apples.

Corn and pumpkins are the highlight on October 8 & 9 and 15 & 16 and top off the fall harvest experience at Farmpark.  Help husk, shell and grind corn and see antique corn harvesting equipment in action. Play a little corn hole and make a handmade corn husk doll.  Try your hand at plowing behind Farmpark’s draft horses and sample our harvest stew. Everyone will have the opportunity to paint a pumpkin and take it home (additional fee applies).

Regular Farmpark admission applies.  Admission: ages 12–59, $6, ages 2–11, $4, ages 60+, $5, children younger than 2, free, Farmpark members, free

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road.  Take I-90 to the Rt. 306 exit. Head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6), turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile.  Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.

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