More People and More Activities at the 2016 Homeplace Fall Heritage Festival
The 2017 Festival is scheduled for September 9.
An estimated 1,400 people crowded the Homeplace on Green River farm for the Fall Heritage Festival Saturday, September 10. The festival included both the most extensive program and the largest attendance in its nine-year history.
As in prior years, the hay wagons, mule cart and barrel train were rolling continually all day and seemed to be the favorite activity for the youngsters. But new this year and also very well worn by the end of the day was the extensive hay maze in the red tobacco barn. There were no children marooned in the hay, but several thought they were, and wailed loud SOS signals intercepted by parents who launched the stand-by rescue squad. The maze will no doubt be a regular attraction at future festivals.
The favorite at the petting farm was unquestionably Stripes the zebra. She gently endured a lot of curious of all ages and seemed to enjoy the attention and petting. But the other animals including a miniature horse, and Brahma bull and a cackling gathering of featured friends, had their share of attention also.
Allegiant the American bald eagle and her friends that included a variety of hawks, owls, vultures and other raptors had little peace with a crowd around them all day. The Department of Agriculture’s mobile science activities center, a 44-foot trailer with 10 iPad stations was also busy. The program at the science center is directed towards the connection between Kentucky’s farms and the dinner table as well as information on environmental awareness. The mobile science center travels to schools and appropriate gatherings of interested citizens throughout the state. Homeplace was fortunate that they were able to be at the festival this year.
Adair County retired state police detective Ken Hill and his son, Jake, were back at Homeplace Saturday as pioneer reenactors. They always draw a lot of attention not just because they are most friendly and knowledgeable but because they surround themselves with an authentic kit of the times which includes a formidable collection of Kentucky long rifles. There were several other reenactors who joined them. Good food, good live music all day along, a dog show and other animals including Phipps’ friendly alpacas from Barnett’s Creek Farm, Kentucky arts and crafts vendors and number of other displays and exhibitions rounded out the day.
This was the ninth year for the fall festival at Homeplace. The next major event on the Homeplace schedule is the spring festival and plow day slated for Saturday April 22, 2017.