Stuff a scarecrow for fall CARROLL COUNTY DIVERSIONS

October 09, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer

This weekend, even if you don't mow the lawn or rake the leaves, do take the family out to the Carroll County Farm Museum to enjoy the 27th annual Fall Harvest Days.

Tomorrow and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing to 5 p.m., a full menu of fall activities will be ripe for the picking.

Scarecrow making, face painting, musical entertainment and seeing some of Carroll County's heaviest pumpkins are just a few events that can be enjoyed by every member of the family.

Dottie Freeman, administrative marketing specialist for the Farm Museum, said this weekend's event is geared especially to pleasing the whole family.

"Fall Harvest Days allows the family to get together and enjoy a hodgepodge of activities in an old-fashioned, fun way," said Ms. Freeman. "The event presents the opportunity for families to eat some fun fall foods, listen to good music and see life as it was lived back in the 1800s."

Challenge the family to practice their stuffing and dressing techniques at the scarecrow-making workshop.

For $8, the Farm Museum will provide a complete wardrobe of clothing and straw to make the scarecrow. If you would prefer to make your own fashion statement and select clothing from home, well, this year that's possible, too.

"We are doing something new this year where people can bring their own clothing to make the scarecrow," said Ms. Freeman. "It will save money and still give the family a fun project to do together."

The Heaviest Pumpkin Contest, one of the highlights of Fall Harvest Days, will pit grower against grower to see whose pumpkin weighs the most.

Pumpkins entered yesterday and today will be weighed at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, and those who enter the contest will receive a free pass to the museum that day.

More than 30 food stands will delight the palates with favorite autumn sweets, such as apple dumplings, pies, cakes and gingerbread. For the bigger appetites, steak and country breakfast sandwiches, bratwurst and fried chicken platters will be made to order.

If shopping is your bag, then the 75 craft stands displaying leather, wood, ceramics, jewelry, pottery and paintings may inspire some early holiday gift buying.

For those who want to catch a few different tunes on a crisp fall day, a variety of music is on tap for tomorrow and Sunday.

"Barry Widener from the Recreation and Parks Department has once again arranged our entertainment," said Ms. Freeman. "We have folk, classic, country, ragtime jazz and the big-band sound. We try to cater to everyone's whim, so to speak."

Volunteer artisans will be on hand to demonstrate skills that were critical to life in the early 1800s: broom-making, blacksmithing, quilting and tinsmithing. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for ages 6 to 18 and over 60; under 6 is free. Parking is free.

Information: 876-2667 or 848-7775.

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