The 29th annual Autumn Harvest Festival, sponsored by Whole Foods Market, will provide participants a trip back in time to an 1880s working farm and 1790s frontier encampment from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, at Spring Valley’s Volkening Heritage Farm and Merkle Cabin.
“This year’s event features new twists to existing demonstrations and activities,” said Dave Brooks, conservation services manager at Spring Valley, “Whole Foods Market also will be back with delicious samples.”
Visitors will see scheduled demonstrations of sauerkraut and apple butter making, cider pressing and working draft horses. They will also have the opportunity to visit a frontier camp to experience food cooked over an open fire and the inside of a Native American wigwam. Participants will be invited to help harvest the first corn crop and learn how to shock corn stalks after being cut in the field. New games and activities for children include simple woodworking and carpentry, raking up hay and sorting grains. Other activities include pumpkin decorating, helping with farm chores, children’s crafts and live music. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
Cost is $4 per person and $16 per family of six or fewer. Additional members are $4 each. Children ages 3 and younger are free. Parking is available at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, and off Plum Grove Road across from Heritage Farm, 201 S. Plum Grove Road.
For information, call (847) 985-2100 or visit www.parkfun.com.
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