Looking for something to do to kick-off the fall season? Look no further than Lost Creek Reserve located at 2385 E. St. Rt. 41 in Troy, Ohio. This beautiful 456 acre park is the setting for Miami County Park District’s eighth annual Fall Farm Fest. On October 8 and 9 the historic Knoop Homestead at the Reserve will be transformed into a hub of activity for the thousands of people who attend.
“It’s a celebration of the agricultural heritage of Miami County,” says J. Scott Myers, executive director of the Miami County Park District. The festival offers a six acre corn maze, corn cannon, music, food, wagon rides, a scarecrow contest, children’s games, demonstrations, vendors, display booths, farm animals, Kiddie Tractor Pull, a pumpkin patch, face painting and more.
A highlight of the festival each year is the wagon ride down a charming farm lane lined with scarecrows that are part of an annual contest. Visitors select the winners in three out of four categories – so don’t forget to cast your vote!
Make sure to stop by the corn maze where you are able to experience the adventure of finding your way through its twists and turns. In addition to being open during Fall Farm Fest the maze is available to rent for private gatherings.
Traditional children’s activities will also be available. “We have old fashioned games and pumpkin painting. Kids especially love the farm animals, pony rides and rope making,” says Jessie Chernetski, outreach coordinator for the Miami County Park District. Another big hit each year is a Kiddie Tractor Pull, sponsored by Koenig Equipment, where children can compete for trophies.
A must see at the festival is the farm animal petting zoo located in the bottom of 1832 historic bank barn. On Sunday, a small flock of sheep will take up residence as they await the working sheep dog demonstration.
As you explore the Reserve, watch one of the many demonstrations. See firsthand how teams of oxen were used in daily farm life. Head out to the “Back Forty” and watch the Miami County Equine Initiative Task Force’s cowboy demonstrations. Guests can also learn about the organic farming methods currently in practice at Lost Creek Reserve.
Adding to the festival’s ambiance are the musical performers appearing on two stages. The music portion of the festival will include everything from singer-songwriters and bluegrass to folk and soft rock. “Each year we have been able to schedule talented local and regional musicians,” said Myers. “It really adds something special to the atmosphere.”
Also at the festival are a handful of vendors selling everything from food to artwork. Make sure to stick around immediately following the Fall Farm Fest for a “moovie” under the stars brought to you by the Miami County Farm Bureau.
“Fall Farm Fest is one of those hometown events that adds to the high quality of life in Miami County,” says Myers. Thanks to the support of generous sponsors like the Miami County Farm Bureau, this family friendly event is offered to the public free of charge. More information and the event schedule can be found at miamicountyparks.com.