Harvest Festival 2017
Runs September 30 – October 31
The month of October is all about harvest here at the Museum! Join us to celebrate fall and meet farm animals, learn how to care for them, what they eat and where they live, what they are used for, and more. Learn about farming, explore and sample the crops growing in the Museum gardens, run through the Toddler Maze, and play in the Corn and Soybean Pits. The Museum is the place to be, fall after fall!
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We’ll kick off Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with a third annual Vehicle Fair. Come explore tractors, tree service vehicles, haul and dump trucks, and other vehicles and equipment that can help at a farm. This is a free event located in the parking lot and boulevard, while regular admission rates apply to the Museum’s indoor and outdoor galleries.
October 1 – 7: National 4-H Week
National 4-H week celebrates 4-H youth by sharing their stories and recognizing their commitment to making a positive impact in their communities. The Museum will help celebrate by offering a special discount to 4-H members during the week: 4-H members wearing their 4-H T-shirt, hat, headband, or badge will get to enjoy the exhibits, galleries, and activities within the Museum for half price. During this time, we will have 4-H projects from the Blue Earth and Nicollet County Fairs on display.
Saturday, October 7
Come learn about dairy farms and products, and make butter to sample and take home.
Sunday, October 15
Join us to see an apple cider-making demonstration on a real cider press.
Thursday, October 19
Join our guests from Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP and help harvest the popcorn in the Farmyard, then sample freshly-made kettle corn. Last year, visitors had a great time picking the small cobs of popcorn.
October 19 – 20
Spend your MEA break at the Museum, join our special guests and learn about science.
October 21 – 22
Explore pumpkins; what’s inside? Purchase a pumpkin to decorate at the Museum or at home.
October 24 – 31
Learn more about bats, their habitats, and how they help our environment. Go on a bat hunt in the Museum, too!
October 31: Halloween Parade
Wear a costume and participate in a parade at 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. and receive a treat.