It's time again for the Strong Family Farm Scarecrow Contest.
And the harvest Festival.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Strong Family Farm be hosting a Harvest Festival on the farm, located at 274 West St.
The event is scheduled for 9 a.m to 2 p.m.
The fair will include pumpkin sales, pumpkin painting, hourly tours of the farm, carved pumpkin judging, apple sales, hay rides, animals, vendors, music, activities for children and a farewell to the farm’s chickens from its summer adopt-a-chicken program. The chickens will become laying hens at another local farm.
A special visit of different costume farm animals and puppets from Ellington High School Opening Knight Players drama group will be on the grounds.
Food, prepared by R House restaurant on Hartford Turnpike, will be offered for sale, including snacks, homemade donuts and apple cider.
Admission is free. There will be limited parking in the farm field next to the barn on Peterson Road, along Peterson Road and at the two nearby schools.
The Harvest Festival will also include an announcement of results of the farm’s 2nd annual scarecrow contest,
Entry forms are now being accepted for the second-annual scarecrow contest.
There is no cost to enter. Scarecrows will be installed and displayed during the contest along the farm’s fence posts on Peterson Road beginning Sunday, Sept. 29. For more information about the contest go to the link at www.strongfarm.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Strong Family Farm is in the process of becoming a non-profit historic and educational agricultural center. Information on membership and volunteer opportunities will be available at the festival and are available now at www.strongfarm.org.