It's almost time for Blue Slope's fall festival

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Franklin - posted Tue., Oct. 1, 2013
Belgian draft horse Millie gently accepts carrots from visitors to Blue Slope Farm last year. File photos by Melanie Savage.
Belgian draft horse Millie gently accepts carrots from visitors to Blue Slope Farm last year. File photos by Melanie Savage.

The Blue Slope Farm annual fall festival is coming on Oct. 5 and 6. Last year, Ernie and Sandy Staebner celebrated 20 years since the family opened a museum to display a huge collection of farm implements, tools and memorabilia left behind to them by Ernie’s father, and 20 years since they celebrated their first fall event on their 380-acre, working dairy farm in Franklin.

This year’s event will bring back many favorites, and feature some new offerings. As usual, the main focus will be on the demonstration of historic farming techniques. There will be demonstrations of working draft horses, steer and donkeys, hay balers, threshers and treadmills. There will also be plowing, water piping and cow milking demonstrations.

Many crafters and vendors will be on hand, some providing demonstrations of techniques such as spinning, weaving and blacksmithing. Other demonstrations will include apple pie and butter-making.

Fun for the children will include a corn kernel tub, a straw bale house and a leaf pile. There will be a pie-eating contest and an animal parade.

Other attractions include antique cars, trucks, tractors and engines. The museum barn will be open for tours. Horse-drawn wagon rides will offer visitors views of the farm's stunning fall vistas.

The Blue Slope Farm Fall Tyme Festival for 2013 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission for adults is $7, and for children ages 4-14, admission is $4. There is ample free parking on site. Blue Slope Farm is located at 138 Blue Hill Road in Franklin.

For more information call 860-642-6413 or visit www.blueslope.com.


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