Saturday, September 14, 2013

Harvest Time!

I live in a small town, a bedroom community serving a very large metropolitan area. It's a startling contrast to drive past the new built homes and come to farm land, filled with sheep, donkeys, alpacas and llamas - and then spend the second half of my daily commute in rush hour traffic, arriving at an office in the heart of a city of several million people.

One of the things I love about my town is the sense of community. There is always such a great turnout to local events. Today was the Harvest Festival, filled with lots to see and do. We got there early and had a blast exploring the booths and tasting the yummy treats. It was sunny and warm - perfect weather.

Nova's Ark is an organization which raises funds and provide programs for children with Downs Syndrome.
They have a number of animals which they use as part of their programs.
This box of feathers was a neat combination of colors.

Nova's Ark's hedgehog. So cute!
 WindReach Farm is a charity that is specially designed to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities, WindReach Farm includes fully wheelchair accessible pathways, trails, buildings, barns and stables.
The WindReach Farm booth had this neat craft. From the empty space, count over 3 strings. Take that 3rd string and slide it into the empty slot. Keep doing that over and over to get....

...a neat braid like this! The girls loved this. Finally, a use for all that acrylic yarn in my stash.

Windreach Farms also has many farm animals like this goat.

And this curious fella.


A local seniors residence offered these swan cream puffs. The chef made 500 of them.
They were gone by 11:30 am. (The festival started at 10am.)  They were delicious!

The girls got to milk a (fake) cow.

The local florist was there with some stunning Fall Mums.

And assorted pretties.
Local companies competed in a scarecrow decorating contest.
The "make your own wine" shop won my vote with their (bad) humor.
Ha ha!

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