This weekend, the first one in October, is the beginning of the explosion of fall festivals all over the area. It seems as soon as the temperatures drop a bit, and the leaves start turning, that everywhere in the county puts on a festival.
I am partial to the Howard County Conservancy festival as it celebrates the heritage of our area, and includes many demonstrations and activities that celebrate the heritage of Howard County. That of the farms.
This year a few new activities and lots of old favorites. The flier sums it up quite well.
Olde time crafts: blacksmith demonstration, chair caning, basket weaving, quilting, pottery demonstrations
Square Dancing • Beekeepers • Howard County Plein Air Painters • alpacas, goats, owl • hay rides, pony rides ($3) •
local farm stand • crafts for children • plant sale/master gardeners • live music: strolling blue grass and dulcimer player •
Tours of Mt. Pleasant farm house • art show • food
Three years ago, when I first started volunteering after retiring, I was a floater, filling in for people who needed breaks. I couldn’t believe how much I learned, in a fun environment, about these diverse skills.
I also really enjoyed my year that I oversaw the hay rides and watched countless happy families go off down the trails, following the tractor pulling them.
Tomorrow, when I am out there overseeing a field trip, I will be looking to see those first hints of autumn, and looking forward to the special events this month, beginning with the festival. The festival runs from 11-3 on Saturday October 5th. Cost is $10 per car. Get your friends, relatives and/or neighbors together to carpool and make it a really affordable event.
See you there?