TROY — For those searching for family fun to kick off their fall season, the 10th annual Fall Farm Fest is gearing up to entertain Miami County on Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct 14, at Lost Creek Reserve.
Located at 2385 E. State Route 41 east of Troy, the 456-acre reserve is home to the historic Knoop Homestead year-round, and will be transformed into a hub of festive activities for thousands of attendees throughout the weekend.
Fall Farm Fest is offered to the public free of charge, thanks to the support of sponsors like the Miami County Farm Bureau.
“It’s a celebration of the agricultural heritage of Miami County,” said J. Scott Myers, executive director of the Miami County Park District.
A wagon ride, which has become a highlight at Fall Farm Fest, will escort guests down a charming farm lane lined by entries for the annual Scarecrow Row contest. Visitors will select winners in three out of four categories. Wagon rides are sponsored by Koenig Equipment.
The six-acre Lost Creek corn maze, located near the reserve’s entrance, will be open during regular festival hours, and is available to rent for private gatherings throughout the autumn.
Traditional children’s activities will be available, including barnyard games, demonstrations, farm animals, a kiddie tractor pull, a pumpkin patch, a corn cannon, face painting, and more.
“We have old-fashioned games and pumpkin painting,” said Mindy Weaver, outreach coordinator for the Miami County Park District. “Kids especially love the farm animals, pony rides and rope making.”
The Kiddie Tractor Pull, sponsored by Peak Foods, will allow children to compete for trophies, and the farm animal petting zoo, located in the bottom of the reserve’s 1832 historic bank barn, will allow children to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite farm animals.
On Sunday, a small flock of sheep will take up residence as they await the working sheep dog demonstration.
Guests will be able to observe various demonstrations as they explore the reserve, including a first-hand look at how teams of oxen were once used in daily farm life, and a variety of horse demos by the Miami County Equine Initiative Task Force, located in the reserve’s “Back Forty.”
On Sunday, the Children’s Homestead will be set up for kids to enjoy. The event will also host numerous vendors, selling everything from food to crafts and artwork.
Adding to the festival’s ambiance are the musical performers appearing by the pond. 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,” Myers said. “It really adds something special to the atmosphere.”
Attendees are invited to stay after regular Fall Farm Fest hours on Saturday evening for a “moovie” under the stars, made possible by the Miami County Farm Bureau. This year’s feature film is “Ferdinand.”
“Fall Farm Fest is one of those hometown events that adds to the high quality of life in Miami County,” Myers said.
For information and scheduling, visit miamicountyparks.com.