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October 9, 2012 > Harvest Ferstival

Harvest Ferstival

By Nisha Patel

Gather your family and friends for some down home fun and take part in harvest time on the farm! On Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, Ardenwood Historical Farm will be hosting its annual Harvest Festival where visitors have an opportunity to help harvest fields of Indian corn and popcorn. Participants are compensated with a portion of their harvest; the rest is contributed as feed for the animals and livestock on the farm.

During the event, a myriad of activities for children will add to a family-friendly atmosphere. Throughout the day, visitors can help press apples into cider, board a train at the Arden or Deer Park Station, and watch as corn and wheat are ground into flour. Visitors can learn how to make traditional corn husk dolls, watch volunteers demonstrate cooking on a wood stove, the blacksmith at work and help make ice-cream.

The farm patron's house, Patterson House, will be open for guided tours in the morning with Open House and "Glimpse of the House" options later in the day. To add a distinct, harvest time atmosphere to the airwaves, Dan Eagle and Ray Frank will be playing old-time banjo bluegrass-style music from the 19th century, and David Maloney will be performing a kids' sing-along near the Chicken Coop. And don't miss Brian Scott's Wizard Training Show on the Patterson House lawn.

The Harvest Festival has been an annual event since the park's opening in 1985. A number of high school volunteers from Leo Club (established through the Lions Club) will help coordinate activities; all visitors are encouraged to bring a bag to store freshly-harvested corn from the fields.

Tickets are $8 adults, $6 seniors, and $5 children. Ages three and under are free, and parking is free. For more information and full program, visit

Ardenwood Harvest Festival
Oct 13 and 14
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont
(510) 544-2797
Tickets: $5 - $8

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