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Harvest Festival and National Public Lands Day

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Another beautiful autumn weekend is upon us, along with various opportunities to get out and enjoy the weather and the community in and around Fort Collins.

The Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, September 25th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., at Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue in Fort Collins. There is a suggested donation of $4 for adults and children over 12, which includes free admission to workshops. The festival will be comprised of the following activities:

- Marketplace

- Fresh produce tastings, 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.

- Old-fashioned cider making

- Goats, yaks, and fiber spinning

- Kids’ activities

- Square dancing demonstrations, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

- Hourly storytelling

- Workshops:

  • Salsa Cooking, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Storing Produce at Home, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Food Preservation, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Garlic Braiding, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Herbal Blends, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

- Contests:

  • Hot pepper eating, Noon
  • Most Creatively Decorated Fruit or Veggie*
  • Oddest-looking Veggie*
  • Longest Zucchini*

*Drop off your veggies or fruit from 10 am – 2:30 p.m. for these contests. Garden's staff will judge the contests

You will also have the opportunity to help your community by buying a quart of Spoons’ soup made from produce donated by the Gardens on Spring Creek and Wolf Moon Farms. Spoons donates 100% of proceeds to the Food Bank for Larimer County.

In addition to the Harvest Festival, Saturday September 25 is National Public Lands Day, which means that entrance fees will be waived at all National Parks. Take advantage of this annual event and enjoy the glorious autumn colors in Rocky Mountain National Park or any of our other numerous National Parks here in Colorado.

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