This year, Lake Metroparks is offering five weekends of fall harvest fun at Lake Metroparks Farmpark from September 20 to October 19. These weekends will provide visitors opportunities to enjoy the many family-friendly hands-on activities that are part of Farmpark’s harvest traditions. On all five weekends, little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze in the Visitor Center Exhibit Hall. Outside, they can navigate the hay maze and play in the kid’s areas, while out in the field the whole family can explore the three-acre corn maze. Visitors can get a taste of apple cider and apple butter every weekend and help grind the apples and press the cider to make the next batch.
In addition to the many regular daily activities, check out these other great extra activities.learn how to drive a horse (miniature or large draft). Try your hands at fishing (catch and release) in our farm pond. And each weekend, our hand-cranked ice cream will take on different harvest flavors! Various seasonal take-home crafts will also be highlighted.
Each weekend will also have a special focus on some aspect of farming and harvest.
Antique Tractor Show September 20 & 21
Get your picture taken on one of Farmpark’s antique tractors and discover how tractors were designed to run or pull farm equipment as we grind corn and thresh grain. Kids can provide the power to shell corn on our kid-powered treadmill and help crank up some fall flavored ice cream.
Listen to the rumble of antique tractors and engines and discover how they were used in planting and harvesting crops. The Parade of Power features an amazing lineup of vintage tractors from yesteryear.
Step into the past and see different types of antique farm equipment in the machinery storage building.
Live Music September 27 & 29
Enjoy your fall harvest experience with the background of music with a weekend of bluegrass and country music. You’ll also be able to help us dig up our potato crop and take a special tractor-drawn wagon ride around the fields.
Apples October 4 & 5
Apples, apples, apples!. Apple butter, apple cider, apple sauce, apple ice cream and apple tasting are all part of the weekend. You’ll also be able to purchase apple fritters and apple pie.
Corn & Pumpkins October 11 & 12, 18 & 19
To top off our fall harvest experience with two weekends of corn and pumpkins. Take the opportunity to help husk, shell and grind corn. Take home your own handmade corn husk doll and play a little corn hole and corn darts. Sample our fall harvest stew made with Farmpark’s own potatoes, help crank up some pumpkin ice cream and learn how to plow behind Farmpark’s draft horses. And since we are getting close to Halloween, everyone will have the opportunity to paint a pumpkin and take it home (additional fee applies).
All Fall Harvest Weekend activities are included in the regular Farmpark admission; with the exception of the pumpkins and pony rides, where an additional fee applies ($4 each).
Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Take I-90 to the Rt. 306 exit. Head south on Route 306 five miles to Chardon Road (Route 6), turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.