The amount of activities available at the inaugural Fall on the Farm is impressive on its own merit.
But even more impressive is the impetus behind the event that takes place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8, at Lambs Farm in Libertyville.
If you goWhat: Fall on the Farm
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 8
Where: Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville
Cost: Admission to the crafts and activities is $15 per child, $8 per adult. Admission to tent sale, food and entertainment is free.
Details: www.lambsfarm.org or (847) 990-3749
All proceeds from Fall on the Farm will be used by the nonprofit to continue providing vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities at its 72-acre facility.
Fall on the Farm, with operating hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at 14245 W. Rockland Road, will feature fall-themed crafts and activities for individuals of all ages.
The Fall on the Farm concept is an expansion of Lambs Farm's long-standing community tent sale, which will be a focal point this weekend, with vendors from numerous municipalities on hand.
"We've done the tent sale for many years and wanted to bring a new element to it and get the whole family involved," Lambs Farm Communications Coordinator Marisa LaBello said.
Some of the many vendors in attendance include Direct Cellars, Pampered Chef, Antiques & Such, Cheeker's Gemstones & Jewelry, Carole's Boutique, Pens with History, 4 Elements Bath Products, Juul Treasures, Marilynn's Makings, Usborne Books & More, Fat Cat Rescue, Avon and Oh Snap!
"It's a really diverse group of vendors. People will get a taste of everything," LaBello said.
The Lambs Farm Cedar Chest thrift shop, which includes a furniture tent, also will have a presence.
For kids, pumpkin and face painting, sand art and cookie decorating will be offered, as will a balloon-twisting station by well-known magician Steve Belliveau that will run both days from noon to 3 p.m.
Adding to the excitement for children, the Lake County Farm Heritage Club will run a touch a tractor station and provide tractor barrel train rides both days.
On Saturday at 11 a.m., WTTW Kids brings its BIG IDEA Traveling Lab to Lambs Farm. The 45-minute show brings to life the fun and learning from WTTW Kids' most popular children's shows, plus the exploration of themes such as emotions, life cycles, recycling, the natural world and more.
Additional entertainment includes a Lambs Farm Aladdin cast show at 2 p.m. Saturday and An Exceptional Chorus performance at 11 a.m. Sunday.
"There are many activities going on both days," LaBello said.
Admission is $15 for children and $8 for adults, which also includes access to Lambs Farm's farmyard and attractions, which will stay open until 5 p.m. both days. Parking is free. There is no admission charge for shoppers wishing to access the tent sale only.
On the refreshment front, a food and beer tent will feature items from local vendors such as Fine's, Libertyville; Mario's Cart; Tighthead Brewing; Rosati's Pizza, Libertyville; and Lake Bluff Brewing Co.
"We've had a lot of interest in Fall on the Farm so far," LaBello said. "We've had good response on social media. It will be nice having so many activities going on. There is something for everybody. We're bringing families together for a really good cause. We're planning on this being a new tradition for Lambs Farm."
LaBello said another key component of Fall on the Farm is education.
"There definitely is an educational aspect," she said. "We're bringing people to the farm to expose them to our mission and what we all are about."
For information, call Special Events Coordinator Kathy McMeins at (847) 990-3749 or visit www.lambsfarm.org.