Annual Harvest Festival Planned for October 1

September 2, 2005

SILVER SPRING — The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) Montgomery County Department of Park and Planning staff is inviting the public to celebrate the autumn harvest “down on the farm” at the annual Harvest Festival held at the Agricultural History Farm Park, 18410 Muncaster Road in Derwood, Maryland, Saturday, October 1, 2005, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In case of inclement weather, a recorded message will be available at 301-721-0312 after 8 a.m. Saturday, October 1.

Activities for the whole family provide an opportunity to sample life on the farm from the 1850’s to the present. Participants will enjoy old time crafts and activities, tin smithing, pumpkin painting, working sheepdog demonstrations, scarecrow making, and storytellers. Also featured are antique farm equipment and demonstrations, a National Park Service C&O Canal Ranger and mule, draft horses working the land, gardening talks and demonstrations, craft vendors, live farm animals, games, food, baked goods, and live music. Attendees can dig into an archaeological site and see how professional archaeologists uncover secrets of the past. In addition, a farmer’s market offers local produce, herbs and flowers.

Parking is $10 per car. The entry fee includes passports for free activities. Those who turn in a stamped passport win a special prize. Call 301-924-4141 for more information and bus parking rates.

Volunteers are welcome. Adults, high school students and scout groups are encouraged to participate. Those who wish to volunteer may call the Volunteer Services Office, 301-495-2464.

In addition to M-NCPPC, sponsors include: Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park, Master Gardeners, and the Association of Family and Community Education.