Fall Harvest Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Saturdays & Sundays • 9 am to 5 pm
September 20 & 21 Antique Tractor Show
September 27 & 28 Live Music
October 4 & 5 Apples
October 11 & 12, 18 & 19 Corn & Pumpkins
This year, Lake Metroparks is offering five weekends of fall harvest fun at Lake Metroparks Farmpark from September 20 to October 19. These weekends will provide visitors opportunities to enjoy the many family-friendly hands-on activities that are part of Farmpark’s harvest traditions. On all five weekends, little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze in the Visitor Center Exhibit Hall. Outside, they can navigate the hay maze and play in the kid’s areas, while out in the field the whole family can explore the three-acre corn maze. Visitors can get a taste of apple cider and apple butter on certain weekends and help grind the apples and press the cider to make the next batch.
In addition to the many regular daily activities, learn how to drive a horse (miniature or large draft). Try your hands at fishing (catch and release) in our farm pond. And each weekend, our hand-cranked ice cream will take on different harvest flavors! Various seasonal take-home crafts will also be highlighted.
Each weekend will also have a special focus on some aspect of farming and harvest. On September 20 & 21, the Antique Tractor Show returns to Farmpark. Get your picture taken on one of Farmpark’s antique tractors and discover how tractors were designed to run or pull farm equipment as we grind corn and thresh grain. Kids can provide the power to shell corn on our kid-powered treadmill and help crank up some fall flavored ice cream.
Enjoy your fall harvest experience with the background of music on September 27 & 28 with a weekend of bluegrass and country music. You’ll also be able to help us dig up our potato crop and take a special tractor-drawn wagon ride around the fields.
On October 4 & 5, its apples, apples, apples. Apple butter, apple cider, apple sauce, apple ice cream and apple tasting are all part of the weekend. You’ll also be able to purchase apple fritters and apple pie.
October 11 & 12 and 18 & 19 top off our fall harvest experience with two weekends of corn and pumpkins. Take the opportunity to help husk, shell and grind corn. Take home your own handmade corn husk doll and play a little corn hole and corn darts. Sample our fall harvest stew made with Farmpark’s own potatoes, help crank up some pumpkin ice cream and learn how to plow behind Farmpark’s draft horses. And since we are getting close to Halloween, everyone will have the opportunity to paint a pumpkin and take it home (additional fee applies).
Come out to Farmpark this fall and make your own harvest traditions!
Fall Weekends, presented by Discount Drug Mart and Patterson’s Fruit Farm begin Saturday, September 20 and run Saturdays and Sundays through October 19. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company of Willoughby, Western Reserve Farm Cooperative and Pat Catan’s
All Fall Weekend harvest activities are included in the regular Farmpark admission; with the exception of the pumpkins and pony rides, where an additional fee applies ($4 each). Farmpark admission is only $4 for kids ages 2 to 11; $6 ages 12 to 59; $5 ages 60 and older; Farmpark members and children younger than 2 are free. Visit lakemetroparks.com or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276 for more information.
Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located only 25 miles east of Cleveland at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. Take I 90 to the Rt. 306 exit; head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.