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October 9, 2007 > Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Submitted By Vidya Pradhan

Given the erratic nature of weather in the Bay Area, it is not by the nip in the air or the falling leaves that heralds autumn. It is rows and rows of golden pumpkins on view at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont.

If the pumpkins have ripened, can the Harvest Festival be far behind? The annual tradition continues this year at Ardenwood Historic Farm on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14.

A highlight of the Harvest Festival is corn picking at Willows field. Popping corn and Indian corn, planted in April, will be ready to harvest by H-Day. Don't forget to bring a bag and be prepared to play sharecropper for a day as half the booty has to be turned over to the farm. The corn you harvest for the farm will be used in educational programs, to feed livestock and as seed for next year's crop. To soothe the environmentally conscious corn-picker, this crop is entirely organic. Popping corn will need to be dried for a bit but should be ready by Thanksgiving and will keep for the rest of the year.

The Harvest Festival also features great Bluegrass music with performances by Dan Engle and Ray Frank at the Granary Porch. Musician David Maloney will conduct sing-alongs for the kids and The Wizard's Training Academy, a magic show by magician Brian Scott, is sure to impress.

All regular farm attractions are on for the day so visitors can take horse drawn train rides, visit the blacksmith, tour historic Patterson House, press cider and make corn husk dolls. Cooks in period costumes will be serving cornmeal cookies and sugared walnuts baked in an old-fashioned oven. Souvenir bags of organic flour and cornmeal milled from corn and wheat grown on the farm will be available for sale.

Outside the farm, Perry's Pumpkin Patch will have jack-o-lanterns for sale along with the hay pyramid and tractor rides. Older kids will enjoy the devious corn maze at the entrance to the farm.

To get more details about the schedule of activities for what promises to be a fun-filled day for the family, check out http://ebparks.org before you visit.

Harvest Festival
Saturday and Sunday
October 13 and 14
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ardenwood Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 796-0663
www.ebparks.org
Entry fees are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for kids aged 4 to 17. Kids 3 and under enter for free.

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